Monza, where the Italian Grand Prix takes place, is currently being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre for people over 80.
Italy, like much of Europe, looks to be entering a third wave of the pandemic, with the country being put back into a notional lockdown due to a rising number of cases.
Given that, efforts to get the population vaccinated are being ramped up, and Monza is serving as a place where the jabs can be given.
“The Autodromo is still at the service of the citizens and responds, in conjunction with the municipal administration and the Mayor, to the request for co-operation to support the institutions and health authorities in the organisation of the important national vaccine campaign against Covid-19,” said the track’s General Manager Alessandra Zinno.
“We have gladly granted the use of both the pavilion of the ex-museum, for the vaccinations of the over 80s, and the large room at the base of the central grandstand, which thanks to its size can accommodate several stations with the necessary distances.”
Ha aperto questa mattina alle 8:30 il centro vaccinale dell’Autodromo Nazionale Monza per il primo giorno di V-Day riservato agli over 80 🌸 oggi verranno vaccinate 1.600 persone! pic.twitter.com/Lgukqp6THz
— Autodromo Nazionale Monza (@Autodromo_Monza) April 3, 2021
It is estimated that in the next two weeks, a total of 1600 people per day, all over 80, will be vaccinated at the circuit’s facilities.
The hope is that the effort will help lead to the city as a whole being opened up again as soon as possible.
“Finally, the most intense phase of the vaccination campaign that we have been waiting for so long is starting in Monza as well, representing the turning point to return to our daily lives as soon as possible,” Monza mayor Dario Allevi added.
“We want to reopen the city and rediscover the beauty of being together, which we miss so much. A special thanks goes to the Autodromo that wanted to open its doors fully understanding the value of this moment.”
The 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be held on September 12 and, like last season, will be held behind closed doors, with no spectators allowed.
Whether this will change as more of the Italian population is vaccinated is unclear, but unlikely.