Chancellor Malatras Announces More Than 750,000 Vaccines Administered at SUNY Campuses with Nearly 15,000 Doses Administered Each Day

March 31, 2021

SUNY Continues to Push #KnowYourVax Campaign to Dispel Vaccine Misinformation and Provide Trusted Facts

36 Campuses Serving as State and County-Run Locations As New York State Opens Eligibility for Even More New Yorkers

Individuals Over 16 Including SUNY Students Become Eligible April 6th

Albany, NY – State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced today that SUNY has now administered more than 750,000 vaccines at 36 campuses serving as state and county-run vaccination sites. Collectively, these campus sites are administering nearly 15,000 vaccines per day, a rate expected to grow as New York State's vaccine supply increases and more New Yorkers become eligible. Additional SUNY campus locations are prepared to serve as vaccination sites to meet the rapidly increasing demand.

SUNY has been aggressive in addressing information about the importance and impact of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines through #KnowYourVax, a series of PSAs from SUNY health practitioners and experts to counter misinformation in the public domain about the COVID-19 vaccine. The PSAs are in 11 languages, including American Sign Language, Arabic, Cantonese, English, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, and Yiddish, to make sure that more New Yorkers understand the vaccine facts, with plans to expand greatly in the weeks and months to come to educate students throughout SUNY system about the vaccine.

"SUNY has reached the milestone of administering more than 750,000 vaccine doses thanks to the hard work and long hours put in by all who are involved with these efforts across 36 of our campuses," said Chancellor Malatras. "By proactively setting up these vaccine clinics very early in the rollout, we built the on-site infrastructure that we would eventually need to vaccinate students en masse as soon as they became eligible. That day is almost here. With eligibility opening up to all New Yorkers 16 and over throughout the next week, our campuses will be crucial to meeting the demand and making sure that qualifying New Yorkers—including our students—can get vaccinated in a quick and efficient manner. These sites, combined with our aggressive and multi-pronged PSA campaign to dispel myths and combat vaccine misinformation, will help carry our state over the finish line, restore normalcy in our lives especially on our college campuses, and eventually put this pandemic behind us."

Amongst SUNY's system of 64 campuses, 36 are currently serving as active vaccination sites, some with multiple locations to provide safe spaces for more New Yorkers to be vaccinated.

SUNY state-operated campuses serving as state or county vaccination sites include: University at Albany, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Old Westbury, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, SUNY Potsdam, and Stony Brook University. The SUNY hospitals at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and Upstate Medical University have also provided vaccines to healthcare and other essential workers. Combined, these locations have administered more than 565,000 vaccines.   

SUNY community colleges serving as state or county vaccination sites include: Broome, Clinton, Columbia-Greene, Corning, Erie, Fulton-Montgomery, Genesee, Herkimer, Hudson Valley, Jamestown, Jefferson, Mohawk Valley, Nassau, North Country, Orange, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. These sites have administered more than 217,000 vaccines.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York 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 state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 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 2021, 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 opportunity, visit suny.edu.


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