Chancellor Malatras Statement on the SUNY Schenectady Campus Serving as a Vaccination Site

January 18, 2021

"Throughout each phase of fighting back against the pandemic—whether it was providing testing on their campus, offering up a cooler for vaccine storage, to now serving as a vaccine distribution center for the county—SUNY Schenectady has been putting the needs of the community first. SUNY is family, and our surrounding neighborhoods are an extension of that family. My thanks to President Moono and all who were in involved from SUNY Schenectady for making the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers a top priority."


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