Veterans in Suffolk County are now eligible to be tested for the coronavirus under the county’s first responder COVID-19 testing program, Executive Steve Bellone announced Wednesday.
The county launched the program in December, which provided hundreds of rapid COVID-19 tests to active local fire service, emergency medical service providers, and law enforcement. Eligible veterans will be able to sign up for an appointment through a reservation-based online system. A registration link will be sent to local veterans organizations.
“While we await the mass distribution of the vaccine, we know that testing is one of our most valuable tools in combating this virus,” Bellone said in a news release. “After a successful launch last month, we have not only extended the duration of the program but have expanded the testing to include local veterans.”
Registration links will be distributed by local veterans organizations via the county. Appointments are required and must be made through the reservation-based system, as no walk-ins will be permitted.
As part of the program, Long Island Cares will provide 12 to 15-pound bags of assorted nutritious nonperishables to veterans in need, along with distributing information on their Veterans Project.
Suffolk veterans who have any questions regarding the program were encouraged by the county to contact Suffolk 311.