The vaccination rate of ECC students was much higher than the rate for the general population of Erie County, but it is lower than the rates reported by the University of Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State College and SUNY Fredonia . Niagara County Community College had a 94% rate, with 78 exemptions.
SUNY officials said parts of Erie County are among several “very high pockets of resistance” in the state that have led to poor vaccination rates at some community colleges, especially compared to middle and high schools. four-year universities, most of which have compliance rates above 98%.
“There are parts of the state where you see higher (vaccine) resistance. Suffolk County in particular – parts of Erie County – are pockets of very high resistance, ”said Valerie Dent, deputy chief operating officer of SUNY.
Statewide, of the 250,000 SUNY students who attend in-person classes, 6,529 were at risk of being deregistered from these classes because they had not submitted proof of vaccination or received no medical or religious exemption Friday, according to the spokesperson for SUNY. Holly Liapis.
About half of the non-compliant students were concentrated at eight community colleges across the state.
“This is largely a suburban school problem because most of our boarding school students had the vaccine mandate before the official mandate,” said Malatras.