ICYMI: Phase One of the COVID-19 Vaccinations Administered Today for Frontline Personnel at SUNY Hospitals

December 15, 2020

Medical Personnel at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences, Upstate Medical, and Stony Brook University Hospital Began Receiving the First Vaccinations, Photos and Video Below

Albany, NY – Following State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras' announcement earlier today that SUNY hospitals received their first shipment of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, frontline medical personnel began receiving their first dose. Photos and video capture phase one vaccinations at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences, Upstate Medical, and Stony Brook University Hospital.

"Our SUNY Hospitals and our heroic staff continue to be on the frontlines fighting this vicious virus, working tirelessly to treat and care for New Yorkers while also on the forefront of developing innovative pool testing and leading the vaccine trials," said Chancellor Malatras. "With today's delivery of the first doses of vaccines, our frontline staff and many others to follow will rest assured that with our collective work, we are on our way to defeating the virus."

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences
Photo Online Here and Video Coverage Here: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences’ Alain Lissade, Respiratory Therapist, was the first person to receive the vaccine, which was administered by Nurse Corine Ruiz-Florece.

SUNY Upstate Medical
Photos Online Here: Upstate University Hospital employees Kenzo Mukendi, Caprice Hibbler, and Suzanne Buck were the first Upstate staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, administered by Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page.

Stony Brook University Hospital
 Photos Online Here and Video Coverage Here: Kisa King, Resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital, receives the first dose of the vaccine, administered by Ian Pak, Pharmacist at Stony Brook University Hospital.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit suny.edu.

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