The Monza circuit in Milan has opened its doors as a coronavirus vaccination hub for the region.
According to a statement from Monza, it is hoped that 1600 people will be vaccinated each day this weekend and next weekend, as the Autodromo works with local health authorities to help support the vaccine roll-out.
“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 Monza’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."
With Italy going back to severe lockdown restrictions this weekend, the Mayor of Monza Dario Allevi praised the circuit for offering its facilities due to its suitable infrastructure for the people of Milan.
“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,” said Monza mayor Dario Allevi.
“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 next round of the 2021 Formula 1 Championship will be held in Italy, at the Imola circuit near Bologna, on April 18. Spectators will not be present at the venue.