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Vaccine Information

Beginning Monday, February 15, the New York State Department of Health is expanding Phase 1b to include certain medical conditions for individuals between the ages of 16 to 64 for COVID-19 vaccination. This includes people who are pregnant and those with chronic conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary disease.  View the full list of these conditions here.   If you fall into this expanded criteria, your healthcare provider can direct you on how to obtain the necessary documentation you need to verify your eligibility. As a reminder, the New York State Department of Health  (NYSDOH) has the sole authority to allocate the State’s vaccine supply to points of distribution (PODs) across the State, and supply is extremely limited. Currently, Stony Brook does not independently have access to the vaccine.


As we continue to move forward with our Stony Brook Medicine COVID-19 Vaccination Program, we are administering as many doses as possible, based on New York State eligibility requirements and distribution guidelines. Currently, demand for vaccinations exceeds supply which is allocated by the State and provided by the federal government and with little advance notice of supply availability.

As supplies allow, we are making eligible groups of individuals aware of vaccine opportunities, often on short notice. Please watch for these emails if you fall into one of the currently eligible groups, and continue to regularly visit the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Eligibility website to check your eligibility and sign up for an appointment.

The NYSDOH determines vaccine eligibility, has authority to allocate the State's vaccine supply across New York State and, for NYSDOH Points of Distribution (PODs) including the one in SBU’s R&D Park, is scheduling all appointments. SBU employees have no special access to appointments at the NYSDOH POD in Stony Brook and we do not receive advance knowledge of when appointments at the POD will be made available on the State website. Stony Brook University Hospital also receives vaccine allocations. These must be used prioritizing the vaccination of patient-facing healthcare providers in accordance with NYSDOH directives. 

We all look forward to the time when more employees and students are eligible to receive the vaccine and we appreciate your patience and support. In the meantime, we will continue to keep you informed as guidelines and requirements evolve in this rapidly changing environment. Please help us keep our community safe and well by continuing to follow all the safety precautions that have kept our campus open for in-person learning, such as mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Where to Get the Latest Stony Brook Information

  Updated FAQs below

   Stony Brook Medicine Information About Coronavirus web page  

Where to Get Current Information, Determine Your Eligibility and Set Up an Appointment:

   NYSDOH Eligibility website

   NYSDOH ‘What You Need to Know’ web page (to sign up for an appointment)

Vaccine updates

Special Update - Appointments Available at NYSDOH Community Vaccination Pod at Innovation and Discovery Center (   January 29, 2021
SBU Hospital Among Highest Performing Vaccine Distribution Sites in New York (   January 20, 2021 )
Update - Latest vaccine information, Spring 2021 student information, SBM news (   January 15, 2021 )
HR Update for Faculty and Staff: Age Requirement Change and New SBU Point of Distribution for Vaccine (   January 13, 2021 )
Faculty and Staff Vaccination Eligibility and Distribution Update (   January 11, 2021 )
HR Issues Vaccination Update to All Faculty and Staff (   January 5, 2021 )



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