SUNY’s role in vaccination efforts


ALBANY, NY – As vaccines become more widely available, colleges and universities across the state could play a large role in the process.

NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca shows us how SUNY is using its resources to help with distribution.

So far about 2,000 qualified SUNY health students have signed up to help with the vaccination effort.

Fred Kowal with United University Professions says as cases continue to rise, SUNY should be used as a resource to ramp up distribution.

((Fred Kowal, UUP President))
What is necessary given the severity of the crisis with numbers skyrocketing, is that the vaccination effort has to be expanded significantly. And so why not utilize all of the SUNY resources, including those who are preparing for medical professions, even at campuses outside of our academic medical centers.

He notes there are nursing and EMT programs at other campuses that could be tapped into.

SUNY has also set up vaccination centers at some campuses like Jamestown Community College and Nassau Community College.

Kowall says campuses are ideal spaces to give out the vaccine.

((Fred Kowal, UUP President))
Think about the fact that campuses have gymnasiums, large rooms that can be used… to give the vaccines, but then also maintain physical distance and enable the process to take place safely. But, with the numbers of people being vaccinated, that is absolutely necessary.

SUNY Upstate Medical University has used all of its allotted COVID-19 vaccines and is preparing to administer its next batch.

6,000 workers have now gotten their first dose.

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