The State University of New York (SUNY) has announced that SUNY is supplying COVID-19 vaccines for their students. SUNY Officials say they are targeting residential students in their college communities for the first round of vaccinations and have secured nearly 19,000 single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines to be distributed across 34 campuses across New York State before the end of the spring semester which is winding down quickly.

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According to SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras, through this vaccination program, SUNY has secured its first reserved shipment of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate SUNY residential students prior to their departure for summer break. Because the J&J vaccine requires just one dose, thousands of students scheduled to finish the semester in early May can get their one shot without having to wait weeks for a second dose before going home.

New York State is working with SUNY by reserving Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses specifically for the SUNY student population. Campuses across the SUNY system will receive a batch of doses weekly, leading up to the end of the semester.

Students have been getting emails encouraging them to schedule their appointment. New York State now allows anyone over the age of 16 to be vaccinated.

Chancellor Malatras says, "We strongly encourage all students to schedule their appointments as soon as they can; to do their part in protecting themselves, their families, and their communities; and to help spread the word about the many benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines."

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines locally at SUNY Oneonta, visit suny.oneonta.edu/covid-19.

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