President Kolison announces #30dayvaxchallenge

Dear SUNY Fredonia students:

The Fall 2021 semester is almost here. SUNY Fredonia will return to in-person instruction and other in-person activities on August 23!! I hope you are as excited as I am for our institution to return to all the wonderful things we have to offer. However, critical to ensuring that these goals are realized, we must have as many people as possible vaccinated. So, if you have not yet been vaccinated, now is the time to do so.

The COVID-19 vaccines are available at most local pharmacies and doctors’ offices–—at no cost to you. They have been shown to be safe and effective against COVID-19. Hence, I want to encourage you to take the necessary steps to get vaccinated without delay. By doing so, you will not only protect yourself, but also those around you.  

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SUNY is kicking off its #30DayVaxChallenge today to get as many students as possible fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. Please do not wait until the last minute—take control of your fall semester by scheduling your vaccination today.

Still unsure?

It’s understandable to have doubts and concerns about vaccines. You are not alone. But, millions of others, just like you, have done the research and put their doubts aside to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. I, along with my wife and three children, have been fully vaccinated. The entire President’s cabinet at SUNY Fredonia has been vaccinated. I share this with you because my senior leadership team and I feel strongly about the safety and benefits of the vaccination. Also, I would not encourage you to do something that I do not believe is safe.

Below are a few widely published helpful answers to some common questions about the vaccine:



I already had COVID. Why do I need the vaccine?

Virus variants, like the Delta variant, are on the rise, and unvaccinated individuals are most at risk for serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

I’m healthy and not at risk for COVID. Why should I get vaccinated?

Many people are still not eligible for the vaccine, including children under the age of 12. Being fully vaccinated helps prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to others.

I’m concerned about long-term effects of the vaccine

Serious side effects causing long-term health problems are extremely rare with the COVID vaccines. On the other hand, there are reports of serious long-term effects of COVID-19 infection, known as Long COVID.

Please learn more from SUNY and community experts at, or talk to your doctor, or campus health center, regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

I hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer break. We look forward to seeing you—vaccinated and healthy—this fall.  

Very truly yours, 

Dr. K
Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., Ph.D.

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