The Town of Hempstead and Mount Sinai South Nassau are rolling out a new initiative to help facilitate vaccinations and testing for COVID-19.
The town board on Monday approved the allocation of $695,000 of CARES Act funding to Mount Sinai South Nassau to establish a COVID-19 testing and vaccination mobile unit for Town residents.
The new mobile testing and vaccination unit is expected to begin operating within the next 60 days, focusing on the areas in the town that have been most affected by the pandemic.
“This mobile unit will allow us to bring COVID rapid testing and potentially vaccinations directly to communities within the Town of Hempstead, particularly areas that have been hard hit by the pandemic,” said Richard Murphy, president of Mount Sinai South Nassau. “We are very grateful to be partnering with the Town on this initiative.”
The program stems from the success of a previous grant to Mount Sinai South Nassau for a drive-thru rapid testing center, which has allowed residents to safely test for COVID-19 from their vehicle while minimizing contact. That program tested more than 1,700 people in the past two months.
More details will be available on the town’s website once the new program starts. For more information about the town’s COVID-19 programs and resources, visit hempsteadtownny.gov.