Capital Region colleges continue mass effort to vaccinate students

Jacquie Slater
Created: April 15, 2021 07:38 PM

ALBANY - Several area colleges are moving full steam ahead with efforts to get their students and faculty vaccinated against COVID-19.

An Albany County sponsored pod was held at the College of Saint Rose on Thursday.

The county also assisted with efforts to step in at UAlbany this week, when Johnson & Johnson vaccines were paused after concerns about a possible link to rare blood clots.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Jim Malatras says interest from students in getting the vaccine is high.

The loss right now of those Johnson & Johnson shots might hamper their efforts some, but they are working hard to make sure it doesn't really slow them down.

SUNY had secured 21,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson to be administered this week, and every single one of those appointments had been filled.

Malatras says about a third of them had been given out before the announcement Tuesday they were being put on pause for the time being.

Here in Albany, they had close to 1,000 Johnson & Johnson shots scheduled for this week, and the county quickly stepped in to say they would supply the Pfizer vaccine instead.

Every single one of those appointments went on as planned, but now they need that follow up second appointment. Malatras says the Johnson & Johnson one dose shot was ideal for college students because the semester will be wrapping up shortly and many will head back home for the summer.

Still, he's confident the majority of students will find a way to get their vaccines in hopes next school year will be mostly education as usual.

See how the College of Saint Rose is also getting their community vaccinated, and learn if there's any discussion about possibly mandating the vaccines for a return to either campus this fall by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

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