Chancellor Malatras Statement on Nassau Community College Serving as a Vaccination Center for Long Island

January 4, 2021

"As each stage of the pandemic progresses—from the initial outbreak to now storing and administering vaccines—SUNY institutions have been ready to assist every step of the way. And when Nassau County government officials needed a vaccine distribution center for Long Island, Nassau Community College graciously provided space on their campus without hesitation. We are proud of the college’s quick response and of those who are volunteering their time to help with this effort. I thank President Jermaine Williams and the campus community for their resourcefulness and service to others during this crucial time."

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