DARLINGTON, S.C. (WMBF) – Preparations are underway for Darlington Raceway to host a massive COVID-19 vaccination clinic next week.
McLeod Health is hosting the event at Darlington Raceway on Friday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will have 5,000 first doses for those who fall under Phase 1a in South Carolina’s vaccine distribution plan. Patients who receive the first dose will receive a second dose the first week in April.
McLeod Regional Medical Center Administrator Will McLeod said the hospital has a long-standing relationship with the track and he knows they’re capable of holding such a large event.
“They’re comfortable with our team and we’re comfortable with their team, and they’re used to getting mass numbers of individuals into that race track around event days,” said McLeod.
McLeod Health has already provided over 35,000 first and second vaccine doses, but this event will be like no other.
“Our patients will go through the tunnel, they’ll drive onto the infield and they’ll receive their shot right in the garage,” said Vice President of Patient Services Emily Adams.
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Officials with McLeod Health said appointments are still available for the Darlington event and stressed the importance of making an appointment now.
Event coordinators said Darlington Raceway offers easy access from other surrounding areas.
“We want to make it easy, the Darlington Raceway is easy to get to we believe we have a process that’s going to be easy to go through and we hope it’s going to be fun, our team is so excited to serve,” said Adams.
Darlington Raceway has had an eventful year. “The Track Too Tough To Tame” held the first live race after the NASCAR season was put on hold.
Then it was announced the track would hold two Cup Series races this season for the first time since 2004.
Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said this event is even bigger.
“I’d have to say this one is even more significant, because we’re talking about the health and well-being of thousands of people in this area, and that’s near and dear to our hearts,” said Tharp.