Several colleges have joined others in cancelling vaccination clinics using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised putting the distribution of those vaccines on pause.
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras says the State University of New York will follow the recommendations to put a hold on administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“We are working with New York State to locate and receive alternative COVID-19 vaccines for our students,” said Malatras. “We urge all students with appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to contact their campus or vaccination site because alternatives have already been found in some instances.”
Officials at SUNY Oswego announced that a Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic scheduled for Tuesday would be canceled and advised students and employees to look into local options for getting the Moderna vaccine.
On Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state would be allocating 35,000 vaccines to college student populations, with 21,000 going to SUNY schools and 14,000 to private colleges.
The state has also paused J&J vaccine distribution at its vaccination sites, instead providing Pfizer shots.