Chancellor Malatras Announces Binghamton University Begins Administering One Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

April 9, 2021

Effort Part of Larger SUNY Statewide Initiative to Vaccinate All Residential Students Before Semester End

SUNY Amplifies #KnowYourVax Campaign to Provide Trusted Facts to Dispel Vaccine Misinformation, Including Direct Email to 350,000 Students Now Eligible

Vaccine Will Allow SUNY to More Fully Reopen in Coming Fall Semester

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Binghamton, NY
– State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced today from Binghamton University that the campus has begun administering COVID-19 vaccines to students from SUNY’s first-round of Johnson & Johnson one shot doses. The effort is part of a larger SUNY statewide initiative to vaccinate all residential students before the end of the semester.

Earlier this week, SUNY announced the availability of the J&J vaccine for residential students at 34 campuses as an option to vaccinate students before the semester ends. That first round is now up to 38 campuses and approximately 21,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines—the majority still receiving the one-dose version. Additional doses will be reserved specifically for the SUNY residential student population, and will be distributed to more campuses in weekly installments over the next several weeks. Binghamton University’s initial allocation is 500 doses.

As SUNY continues to assist with New York State’s vaccination efforts, now including students, it has ramped up its #KnowYourVax campaign to provide trusted facts to provide trusted facts to dispel vaccine misinformation. Central to the campaign are PSAs 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. This week SUNY also directly reached out to more than 350,000 students with an email to remind them that they are eligible to receive a vaccine, and facts about the three versions that are currently available.

SUNY is also inviting students to share their purpose for getting vaccinated on social media with a photo or short video as part of the #ItsYourTurn and #KnowYourVax public education campaigns to make sure all students get vaccinated.

"SUNY students have done so much to keep our campuses safe and as a result our positive cases are at a rate of only 0.3 percent over the past several weeks. Now that it is our students’ turn to get a vaccine, we are pleased to offer them this one shot and done option before they go home to their friends and families this summer," said Chancellor Malatras. "Vaccinating our students, faculty, and staff will allow us to more fully reopen in the fall and that is something we at SUNY are looking forward to."

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said, "We are excited to be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine directly on campus to our student body. Our students have been vigilant in wearing masks and following social distancing policies, and it’s fantastic that we can offer them a convenient way to get the vaccine that they have been so patiently waiting for."

Binghamton University Student Association President Khaleel James said, "Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a priority for students who want to stay safe and get back to normal. That students can now get the vaccine right in the University Union, at the center of campus, makes it a great option for the many waiting to be vaccinated."

JoanMarie Leone, Binghamton University freshman, computer science, said, "I was really excited to have the opportunity to get my vaccine on campus so I can go home to my family and know that I’ve done my part to keep them safe. It was a really easy process to register, and the shot itself was easy. I’m grateful for this opportunity."

SUNY’s state and county-run locations—44 sites on 36 campuses—have administered more than 950,000 vaccinations for eligible New Yorkers and are currently providing about 17,000 vaccines a day. Binghamton University, a state-run mass vaccination site, has provided more than 91,000 vaccines to date for those eligible.

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

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