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Talladega Superspeedway will let you drive your car or truck around the track if you get your COVID-19 vaccine there

Summary List PlacementPeople who get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, will be allowed to drive their car or truck around the track as part of a collaborative effort to encourage people to get vaccinated. The event will occur on May 15, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. People over the age of 16 with a valid driver's license will be able to drive their car or truck around the 2.66-mile track so long as they get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 at the site. Participants under the age of 18 are required to...

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2019 file photo, the No. 3 car of the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr., driven by Richard Childress, takes a lap before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR's return to racing next shifts to Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, with a new rules package altered after Ryan Newman's frightful crash in the season-opening Daytona 500. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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People who get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, will be allowed to drive their car or truck around the track as part of a collaborative effort to encourage people to get vaccinated.

The event will occur on May 15, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. People over the age of 16 with a valid driver’s license will be able to drive their car or truck around the 2.66-mile track so long as they get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 at the site. Participants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent’s permission to participate, according to ADPH.

Drivers will be allowed to take two laps around the track behind a pace car at highway speed, according to ADPH.

Testing and vaccination for COVID-19 will occur from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Talladega Superspeedway, the Alabama National Guard, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC Foundation, and ADPH.

“Vaccines for COVID-19 are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. No registration is needed for vaccination. ADPH’s goal is to get COVID-19 vaccine to Alabamians as speedily as possible,” the press release said.

Vaccines will be administered by the Alabama National Guard, ADPH said.

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