Chancellor Malatras Announces SUNY Campuses Surpass 1.5 Million Vaccines Administered

May 7, 2021

35 SUNY Campuses Serving as State and County-Run Vaccination Sites Administering 15,000 Doses a Day

SUNY Expands #KnowYourVax Campaign through “Don’t Stop with One Shot” Messaging, Stressing the Importance of Getting Second Dose of Modern and Pfizer Vaccines

Albany, NY – State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced today that SUNY vaccinations centers have administered more than 1.5 million vaccines, averaging nearly 15,000 vaccines a day, for New Yorkers from SUNY, state- and county-run locations on 35 campuses. SUNY continues to expand its #KnowYourVax campaign through “Don’t Stop with One Shot messaging, stressing the critical importance of getting the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. To urge individuals to get their second shot, these educational messages are continually being distributed to campuses and on social media.

“With 1.5 million vaccines now administered since mid-December, SUNY is marking yet another major milestone in our effort to protect the communities in which we live, work, study, and serve,” said Chancellor Malatras. “We take immense pride in knowing that our campuses’ hard work, flexibility, and ceaseless commitment to safety and community stewardship is moving the needle forward and playing a pivotal role in defeating COVID-19—once and for all. For those who have yet to get vaccinated—we encourage you to take advantage of the quick and efficient clinics on our SUNY campuses. The faster we get vaccinated, the sooner our normalcy can be restored.”

As part of a larger effort to inform campus communities and general public about the available FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, SUNY ramped up its #KnowYourVax campaign 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.

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. To hear from some SUNY students about why they decided to get vaccinated, click here.

Amongst SUNY’s system of 64 campuses, 35 are currently serving as vaccination sites, some with multiple locations to provide safe spaces for more New Yorkers to be vaccinated.

SUNY community colleges have banded together with their State and County officials, administering over 500,000 vaccines. The schools serving as state or county vaccination sites include: Adirondack, 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.

Most recently, Stony Brook University celebrated administering its 200,000th shot on campus, while also administering 350,000 vaccines in total at PODs all throughout Long Island. In addition to Stony Brook University, SUNY state-operated campuses serving as state or county vaccination sites include: University at Albany (currently inactive), Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Morrisville, Old Westbury, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, and SUNY Potsdam. 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 one million vaccines.


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

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