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Posted on: January 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Veterans Now Eligible for First Responder Rapid COVID-19 Testing Program


Law Enforcement, Fire & EMS Responders, and now Veterans will be able to receive a Rapid COVID-19 Test through Online Reservation System

The Suffolk County-wide first responder COVID-19 testing program has been expanded to include local veterans. The County first launched the program last month, which provided hundreds of rapid COVID-19 tests to active local fire service, emergency medical service providers, and local law enforcement. Eligible veterans will be able to sign up for an appointment through a reservation-based online system. A registration link will be provided directly to local veterans organizations.

The Suffolk County Departments of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES), Department of Health Services and Division of Emergency Medical Services will continue to conduct rapid testing at various locations throughout the County on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, January 23rd
  • Sunday, January 24th
  • Saturday, January 30th
  • Sunday, January 31st

Testing site locations and times will be provided to first responders and veterans upon the confirmation of their appointments.

The first responder testing initiative is available free of charge for active fire and EMS providers, local law enforcement agencies and veterans. Those who suspect that they have recently been exposed to, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will receive priority.


Suffolk County will provide registration links to local veterans organizations, which will then be distributed amongst their membership. The Suffolk County Veterans Services Agency will work with local organizations to spread awareness and encourage participation. Appointments are required and must be made through the reservation-based system, no walk-ins will be permitted. 


Additionally, as part of the program, Long Island Cares will provide 12 to 15 pounds bags of assorted nutritious nonperishables to veterans in need, along with distributing information on their Veterans Project.  

Suffolk County veterans who have any questions regarding the program are encouraged to contact Suffolk 311.

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