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  • Anyone with a valid driver’s license who receives a COVID-19 vaccination or coronavirus test at the Talladega Superspeedway Saturday will be allowed to drive their vehicle around the track.
  • Testing and vaccinations are scheduled to take place at the Talladega Superspeedway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The move comes as the U.S. has seen its vaccination rate decline in recent weeks.

Alabama is offering residents a chance to drive around the world-famous Talladega Superspeedway as part of an effort to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations in the state. 

Anyone with a valid driver’s license who receives a COVID-19 vaccination or coronavirus test at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Ala., Saturday will be allowed to drive their vehicle around the track, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). 


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“As a special incentive, the track is offering people age 16 and older who choose to be tested and/or vaccinated the thrill of driving their car or truck on the 2.66-mile track. Drivers and their riders will take two laps behind a pace car at highway speed, including the 33-degree-high banks,” the health department said in a news release

“ADPH’s goal is to get COVID-19 vaccine to Alabamians as speedily as possible,” the release said. 

Participants will have to sign a consent form before taking to the track and those under 18 will need to have a parent or legal guardian in the car with them during the drive. 

Testing and vaccinations are scheduled to take place at the Talladega Superspeedway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be administered by the Alabama National Guard and health department. 

The move comes as the U.S. has seen its vaccination rate decline in recent weeks as those most eager to receive the shots have already done so. The country is administering about 2 million doses per day on average, a drop from the 3.4 million per day on average in mid-April. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 35 percent of the total U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, and 46 percent have received at least one dose.


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Published on May 11, 2021