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Stony Brook’s Vaccine Point of Distribution Hits 100K Milestone

It’s 100,000 vaccines for Stony Brook’s POD. Front row, from left: Lisa Santeramo, NYS Governor's Office, 100,000th Vaccine recipient Elizabeth Eilen, Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis; Back row, from left: NYS Forest Ranger Scott Hicks, Stony Brook Medicine Vice President for Health System Clinical Programs and Strategy Dr. Margaret McGovern, Theresa Santoro, NYS Governor's Office, and DEC’s Chris Engelhardt

In the race to get America vaccinated against COVID-19, Stony Brook University is celebrating the 100,000th shot at the Point of Distribution (POD) center, which is located at the University’s Research & Development Park and is part of the network of state-run vaccination sites established by Governor Cuomo. The POD has been up and running since January 18.

It’s 100,000 vaccines for Stony Brook’s POD. Front row, from left: Lisa Santeramo, NYS Governor's Office, 100,000th Vaccine recipient Elizabeth Eilen, Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis; Back row, from left: NYS Forest Ranger Scott Hicks, Stony Brook Medicine Vice President for Health System Clinical Programs and Strategy Dr. Margaret McGovern, Theresa Santoro, NYS Governor's Office, and DEC’s Chris Engelhardt
It’s 100,000 vaccines for Stony Brook’s POD. Front row, from left: Lisa Santeramo, NYS Governor’s Office, 100,000th Vaccine recipient Elizabeth Eilen, Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis; Back row, from left: NYS Forest Ranger Scott Hicks, Stony Brook Medicine Vice President for Health System Clinical Programs and Strategy Dr. Margaret McGovern, Theresa Santoro, NYS Governor’s Office, and DEC’s Chris Engelhardt

“As we administer our 100,000th COVID vaccine here at Stony Brook University’s R&D Center, I am proud of our accomplishments as the largest state-run Point of Distribution vaccination site in Suffolk County,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “We will continue this effective partnership with Governor Cuomo and New York State to end the COVID battle and close this chapter of the pandemic era.” 

Through this pandemic, Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine personnel have played a critical role in working alongside the Department of Health and New York State — with testing protocols, excess hospitalization plans and, now, the vaccine rollout.

The State also turned to Stony Brook Medicine 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.

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