ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state will provide colleges with a vaccine allocation to inoculate its students.
SUNY will receive an initial 21,000 vaccines for residential and non-commuter students. Private colleges will receive 14,000 doses.
The governor making the announcement Monday while visiting Suffolk County Community College, one of the state’s mass vaccination sites, which will help administer doses to college students.
“We’re now focusing on students, and we want to get students vaccinated before the end of the school year. The 18 to 24 population is growing in positivity, and many of them are in colleges and universities. It makes all the sense in the world to use the schools as the base for the vaccine. The State University of New York system will take the lead in being a model for vaccinating students on college campuses,” Governor Cuomo said. “The State of New York is announcing that we will be giving direct allocations to colleges and universities so they can vaccinate their students in their facilities and help us stamp out the COVID beast. This is the moment of opportunity and we have COVID on the run, but we have to stay New York tough and New York smart. We focused on older people in the beginning of this process, and they were the priority, but we need herd immunity and we need every New Yorker vaccinated, and that includes New York’s young people and students. We’re going to make that a reality, and I want to thank SUNY in particular for taking the lead, but I encourage all colleges to participate.”
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said, “Vaccinating SUNY students before they leave for summer break is the key to restoring normalcy on our campuses when students return in the fall. Thanks to Governor Cuomo and New York State for securing vaccines specifically for our students—a move that will get us to the finish line faster and more efficiently. Our students have been a shining example throughout the crisis, with weekly mandatory testing, mask policies, and helping on the frontlines—and the result is a low positivity rate on our campuses of 0.32% over the past week. Our students have been crystal clear on this issue: they want to get vaccinated. Between existing state and county-run sites on our campuses, emerging student-specific points-of-distribution, allocated vaccine doses, and a massive public awareness campaign—we will stop at nothing to get students vaccinated and to help end this pandemic.”