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A Major Milestone As Stony Brook University’s State-Run Site Reaches 25,000 COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Stony Brook, NY, February 18, 2021— Stony Brook University reached a major milestone in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process on Thursday, February 18 when it administered the 25,000th vaccine at its state-run mass vaccination site. The site, established under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, opened on January 18. As the continued demand for COVID-19 vaccinations grows, Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine have responded to the community’s need. Playing a critical role in carrying out New York State’s vaccination plans and contributing its R&D Park as an on-campus point of distribution (POD), staff went to work alongside the State to bring peace of mind to many people in an array of at-risk groups.

“I am so proud of the milestone Stony Brook University, under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, has reached today in administering its 25,000th COVID-19 vaccine. This comes just one month after we opened the mass vaccination site at the University’s R&D Park on January 18. The efficient and effective administration of the vaccine is an example of the excellent work the University and Stony Brook Medicine have been doing to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and bring this pandemic to an end,” says President Maurie McInnis.

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(L-R) Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis, Stony Brook Medicine Vice President for Health System Clinical Programs and Strategy Dr. Margaret McGovern, 25,000 COVID-19 Vaccine recipient and Southampton resident Veronica Lang with her husband James, Wolfie, and Lisa Santeramo, assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs.

Widely regarded as a flagship campus for the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Stony Brook University is bringing the full strength of its leadership, expertise, resources and quality care to further New York State’s goal of delivering life-saving vaccines to those who need it most.

The State also turned to Stony Brook University Hospital to assist in successfully developing community PODs as pop-up sites in underserved communities on Long Island, to reach communities of color and the elderly, as well as help build trust, recognizing that the vaccine is one of the best ways to protect ourselves, our families and our communities from this serious infectious disease.

Stony Brook Medicine Vice President for Health System Clinical Programs and Strategy Dr. Margaret McGovern adds, “Our success in administering vaccines at Stony Brook is a testament to our robust COVID-19 response activities, talent and expertise that are hallmarks of this University and premier academic medical center. It exemplifies how quickly and well we can coordinate our resources to best serve our community, on campus and off. We are continuing to administer as many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as possible based on New York State eligibility requirements, distribution guidelines and vaccine supplies, and we will continue to lead all efforts we can to help ensure the health, safety and well-being of our local communities.”

To mark this occasion, Stony Brook University’s very own Wolfie joined public officials to show appreciation to all of the frontline workers manning the mass vaccination site.

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(R-L): Dr. Maurie McInnis, President Of Stony Brook University, Wolfie and Dr. Margaret McGovern, Stony Brook Medicine Vice President for Health System Clinical Programs and Strategy, thank healthcare workers who are giving their time to help vaccinate Long Island.

About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, over 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@stonybrooku).

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