35,000 vaccine doses allocated for NY colleges

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 35,000 COVID-19 vaccines would be heading to colleges in the state.

21,000 are being allocated for residential and non-commuter students in the SUNY system, and the remaining 14,000 will go to private colleges.

Gov. Cuomo’s office says the vaccines will be administered to residential and non-commuter students who are leaving for the summer.

“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. 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.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

SUNY students are encouraged to schedule a vaccine appointment before the semester ends.

A portion of the vaccines for students will be administered at state-run mass vaccination sites at SUNY Old Westbury and Suffolk CCC – Brentwood.

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