Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine’s efforts to meet the call of president Joe Biden to help vaccinate the community and spread the word about the importance of getting vaccinated is currently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Margaret M. McGovern, Stony Brook Medicine’s vice president of Health System Clinical Programs and Strategy and physician-in-chief of Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, spoke about the need for rapid response during such a critical time.
“Set up a team, call the team, the team gets on the phone right away,” she said in the story. “The goal is always to get the doses that we receive Monday and Tuesday into the appropriate human being by the end of the week.”
The article notes that Stony Brook is six weeks into a state-led effort to vaccinate as many residents as possible, having vaccinated more than 10,000 people in the last six weeks.
President Biden has called on colleges to “increase vaccine awareness, reduce hesitancy, and ensure that students, faculty, and staff know when they are eligible to get the vaccine, and where to get it.” His National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness also says college students can be “trusted messengers” who can encourage others to get vaccinated.
The Chronicle also highlighted efforts at the university of South Florida and Arizona State University.