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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Vaccine Information

SUNY is strongly encouraging all students and employees to get immunized to protect our campus community from COVID-19. For more information about the Governor's announcement of an expected student vaccine requirement, contingent on FDA approval, go online.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and critical to helping us get back to normal. Fully vaccinated individuals can start taking part in many activities they had stopped due to the pandemic -- including not wearing masks outdoors on SUNY campuses, as long as you aren't in a crowded setting.

For questions about the vaccine, please call 1-833-697-4829 (1-833-NYS4VAX).

SUNY Potsdam Student Health Services DOES NOT have any vaccines to distribute and are NOT scheduling appointments to give the vaccine. If this situation changes, we will notify the campus community immediately.

Students with questions regarding vaccinations can contact Bridget Bradish, Health Educator.

Vaccination Eligibility

  • Anyone age 12 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine in New York State—including residents of other states.
  • Only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for use in individuals between the ages of 12 and 17. The Moderna and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for people age 18 and older.

To determine your eligibility:

Vaccination Appointments

Check online for an appointment available at a New York State run-vaccination site. We encourage you to check the website often for availability.

New York State Vaccination Site at SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall Fieldhouse is a regional New York State (NYS) testing site.

  • Appointments can still be made online. We encourage individuals to check back often as new appointments are added each day.
  • Walk- in vaccinations are now also being offered without any appointments
  • The offering of first dose vaccinations for Pfizer will be ending at the SUNY Potsdam Mass Vaccination Site on Friday May 7th
  • Beginning May 8th, this site will be offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on a walk-in basis.
  • Questions can be directed to

Visiting campus for your vaccination appointment? Follow the signage to our facilities and view our campus map here (PDF).

Tips for Navigating the Vaccine Registration Website

  1. This site asks for the same information in several areas, you may feel like you did something wrong, but you did not. Just keep following the flow of the form.
  2. Have your insurance card ready.  The vaccine is FREE, but they collect your insurance information anyway.  Click on “Commercial Insurance” if you have private insurance (not Medicare or Medicaid)  You will notice that some of the answer boxes say “optional.”  The information they are asking for may not be on your insurance card.  Skip the “optional” boxes and move on to the next questions.
  3. More appointments become available all day. Once you have your appointment, you can go online every day and resubmit your information to see if you can get an earlier appointment. If you make an earlier appointment, they will send you an email about cancelling your initial appointment.
  4. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two injections. If you can't return to the location of your first shot in three or four weeks, don't worry! You can now receive second doses at major pharmacies taking part in the federal vaccine programs.