SUNY chancellor details efforts to get students vaccinated amid J&J pause
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras visited Westchester Community College Friday to thank state lawmakers for securing millions in additional funding for a program that helps low-income students get into college.
He also gave an update on efforts to get SUNY students vaccinated after federal officials recommended a pause on administering Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine. Federal officials are investigation reports of rare but serious blood clots in six patients.
Malatras said that last week, the state allocated 21,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine directly for students. About a third of those were administered to students before the federal government recently halted use of the shot due to blood clot complications in a few people.
SUNY's remaining J&J doses have been put on hold. The university system is now transitioning to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for its students.
The chancellor also talked about the challenges this is presenting in getting students vaccinated.