Chancellor Malatras Statement on SUNY Orange Surpassing 50,000 Vaccinations on Campus

May 4, 2021

"In just over a month and a half, the state mass vaccination site alone at SUNY Orange's Middletown campus has administered more than 50,000 lifesaving doses for New Yorkers. In addition, from the Newburgh campus, nearly 10,000 vaccines have been provided to the community. This is a tremendous collective effort based on strong partnership amongst the National Guard, state and county officials, and campus leadership and volunteers. For SUNY Orange, like other campuses across the state, fighting COVID-19 and protecting the community has been their top priority, and they are committed to providing all available resources.

My thanks to SUNY Orange President Young and her team for their unrelenting support. The more we get people vaccinated, the closer we are to a more normal way of life—on campus and off—and to that end, I urge everyone to get one of the three vaccine options."

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