Cuomo: State to begin directly supplying vaccines to colleges, universities

Updated: April 12, 2021 12:38 PM
Created: April 12, 2021 11:32 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC)  — Governor Cuomo announced Monday New York State will begin directly distributing COVID-19 vaccine allocations to colleges and universities across the state.

 Cuomo said the initial allocation will include 21,000 vaccines for SUNY residential and non-commuter students, and 14,000 vaccines for private colleges. He added the SUNY system is "taking the lead" and encouraged all colleges and universities to take advantage of taking in vaccines.

"We need herd immunity, we need every New Yorker vaccinated," Cuomo said. "And that includes New York's young people."

SUNY previously announced it would be offering students the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, it follows a similar move by Syracuse University, which joined Cornell and Ithaca College in requiring "a vast majority" of students get vaccinated before returning in the fall.

Cuomo said doses will be dealt out to allow for students currently on-campus to get the shot before the current semester wraps up.

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