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Cuomo: New York Colleges Will Offer Vaccine To Students

A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared at the New York State drive-thru vaccination site at Plattsburgh International Airport.
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that public colleges and universities across New York will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine, with the aim of vaccinating as many college students as possible before the end of the spring semester.

Stony Brook University on Long Island started this process last week.

Cuomo said the state will ship vaccines directly to campuses.

“We will be giving direct allocations to schools, colleges, universities, so they can vaccinate their students in their facilities,” Cuomo said. “Let’s stamp this beast to death while we can.”

As of April 6, any New Yorker 16 years and older is eligible for the vaccine. Cuomo said private colleges will also be allowed to participate in the vaccination effort.

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.