Three of the largest mass vaccination events in the US so far have been at the Carolina Panthers’ Stadium in Charlotte, NC; the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC; and the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.
1. Carolina Panthers’ Stadium, Charlotte, NC
- The mass vaccination event held Friday, Jan. 29 to Sunday, Jan. 31 at the Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina was the “largest event in the U.S.” as of those dates. More than 19,000 or 20,000 people were vaccinated.
- The event focused on vaccinating health care workers and people 65 and older, including with special outreach to communities of color.
- The event offered both drive-up service and walk-up service. The location was chosen based on its “close proximity to the light rail and other public transportation options.”
- The event, held as part of a partnership between Atrium Health, Honeywell, Tepper Sports & Entertainment, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and state and local governments, was advertised by Atrium Health, the State of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and local governments, mostly via their websites as well as press releases and conferences. Additionally, Atrium Health stated that they also worked directly with the local faith community to advertise the event. Patients registered via an app on their mobile phones.
2. Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
- The Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC hosted their second mass vaccination event the weekend of February 12th through 14th in order to give second doses to those that had received their first dose there three weeks prior. The main target audience for these events are those 65 years of age and older.
- 16,000 people will receive their second dose.
- The event was drive-up only.
- The event was advertised by Atrium Health and the North Carolina state and local governments through their website and vaccine hot line.
3. Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware
- A six-day mass vaccination event at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware began on Sunday, February 21st.
- The event is only available for drive-up appointments for those having already received their first dose of the Coronavirus shot. Those having already been vaccinated with the first dose were healthcare workers and those aged 65 and older.
- The event advertised by targeting only those that had received their first dose already from pharmacies, medical providers, clinics or other sources in Delaware. Many of these people were contacted directly while others used the Delaware government website or vaccine hot line to schedule an appointment.
- While the event is still up and running so a final total is not available, officials plan to vaccinate 20,000 people at the event.