ALBANY — State University of New York campuses and private colleges will receive an allocation of COVID-19 vaccines as the state prioritizes vaccinating young people ages 18 to 24 in an effort to end the coronavirus pandemic.
The state will allocate 21,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for on-campus and non-commuter SUNY students and 14,000 doses for private colleges.
The state is prioritizing vaccinating younger New Yorkers after a spike in new coronavirus infections in residents ages 18 to 24 from 9% to 14%.
“Even if they believe in what I call the superhero theory, that they can’t get hurt by COVID, they can transit COVID to someone who can get hurt,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a telephone call with reporters Monday afternoon. “We’re trying to get students vaccinated in the schools before the schools are out.”
The age group was not eligible to get vaccinated until April 6, or one week ago, which Cuomo said is the reason for the spiked infections.
Medical personnel at the public institutions, and private colleges that decide to participate, will administer the vaccines on campus.
SUNY and CUNY colleges will model the program. Students can make appointments through their universities.
“We’ve vaccinated many of the older population now,” State Health Department Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said on Monday’s call. “A lot of this goes to behavior, and we need to get vaccinated. They should be out there getting the vaccines.”
All New Yorkers ages 16 and older are eligible to get vaccinated.
To make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, visit am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.
“...our hope is to get as many students vaccinated as we can before they take off for the summer to places unknown,” the governor added. “All New Yorkers are eligible — there’s no excuses.”
Several SUNY colleges and community college campuses have served as state-run mass vaccination sites for months, including SUNY Albany and SUNY Potsdam. Columbia-Greene Community College also serves as a local vaccine distribution center.
C-GCC representatives did not immediately return requests for comment Monday.
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