Chancellor Malatras Statement on Suffolk County Community College Serving as a Vaccination Center

January 11, 2021

"We are in the midst of the next phase of beating back COVID-19 with the distribution of vaccines, and SUNY campuses are opening up resources and space in partnership with local government officials to prepare to vaccinate New Yorkers as the phased approach continues. Suffolk County Community College has already pitched in to help administer the first allotment of vaccines for their County serving as a distribution center, and they are ready as additional deliveries are received. My thanks to Suffolk County Community College for their ongoing service, as SUNY helps our communities beat this virus."

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