SUNY Fredonia to host county-operated vaccination site
The State University of New York at Fredonia has entered into an agreement with the Chautauqua County Department of Health to establish a mass vaccination site to serve eligible residents in the region.
The vaccination site will be set up in the Ice Arena complex in Steele Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus for use by the health department when COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.
The site will be under the control of the Chautauqua County Health Department, which will schedule appointments and administer the vaccine. As a host institution, SUNY Fredonia will not handle details related to appointment scheduling or administration of immunizations. SUNY Fredonia is solely serving as the host site and will provide support as needed to ensure that the site is accessible and available.
“SUNY Fredonia is committed to being good partners with our surrounding community,” said Fredonia President Stephen H. Kolison Jr. “As I have indicated, public institutions of higher education must be of, and for, the communities in which they operate to remain highly relevant. This agreement is a manifestation of the seriousness we bring to our role in this community. In these unprecedented times, collaboration is key to moving us beyond this terrible pandemic.”
“As vaccine supply increases, sites like the SUNY Fredonia campus with large, open venues and ample parking will be necessary to accommodate the number of people we anticipate needing to vaccinate,” said Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler. “We are grateful for the partnership and support of SUNY Fredonia in accomplishing this monumental task.”
“Over the past couple of months, our SUNY campuses and hospitals have proudly served as vaccination centers for state and county officials—providing space and resources to vaccinate more than 300,000 individuals thus far and counting," said SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras. "And with news of vaccine production ramping up for states, more SUNY campuses are raising their hands to join the effort. SUNY Fredonia is the most recent, entering into an agreement with the Chautauqua County Department of Health to serve the region. Fighting this pandemic has shown the value of partnership and pooling of resources, and SUNY will continue to offer our support at every turn.”
Information regarding vaccination clinics is shared on the Chautauqua County Health Department web page.
SUNY Fredonia faculty, staff and students should expect to be vaccinated according to the prioritization established by the New York State Department of Health.