The Race for Vaccinations at Wallerfield Raceway

The Race for Vaccinations at Wallerfield Raceway

NCRHA partners with TTASA for mass drive-thru vaccination at Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway

The North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) has partnered with the Trinidad & Tobago Automobile Sport Association (TTASA) to carry out its mass vaccination efforts at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway. As stewards of the race track, TTASA has made the facility available to the regional health authority to set up a drive-thru vaccination centre.

NCHRA Chief Executive Officer Davlin Thomas, General Manager for Operations Kimberly Rahamut and their team started the setup at Wallerfield on Friday 16th July 2021 and plan to start vaccinations on Wednesday 21st July 2021. TTASA has made the Wallerfield race track available for a period of 2 months to the NCRHA for this purpose. Appointments can be registered online.

The Minister of Health, the Honorable Terrance Deyalsingh visited the facility on Sunday 18th July giving his nod of approval to begin full operations by Wednesday 21st. The Minister took some time also to chat with some of the TTASA officials present as he recalled some of the drivers and cars he knew that competed at the racetrack.

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh (center) at Wallerfield

The race track layout has allowed for an expansive area capable of handling hundreds of vehicles at a time. Starting from the pit area, motorists with appointments will be processed and confirmed. A form of national identification is required. Vehicles will then proceed clockwise around the track from the pit-exit passing through 5 stations set up around the track, driving to each station as they are processed while sitting in the comfort of their car. Upon being administered the vaccination, vehicles will be held in an area as the vaccinated are observed for any reactions to the vaccine. After which vehicles may proceed to exit the race track, back through the pit area. Ambulances will be on standby throughout.

A special thank you and heartfelt appreciation go out to the doctors, nurses and volunteers participating in making this mass drive-thru vaccination effort a reality.


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