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Bringing the vaccine to you

By Suzannah Solomon Wilson

The Southeast Alabama Area Health Education Center (SEAAHEC) is holding its second vaccine clinic in Tallassee on Saturday, Sept. 11.  The clinic is for people who received the first dose at their Aug. 21  clinic, which was held at the Tallassee Recreation Center, and for people who would like the first dose.

18 people received the first dose of the Phizer at the August clinic.  The September clinic will also be at the rec center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sept. 11. Anyone who would like to schedule an appointment can do so by texting Mr. W. Dale Padgett at 334-415-3255.

“SEAAHEC works with some amazing health professionals from UAB that make the process comfortable and very easy.  We had a great time on the 21st and hope to see even more people on Sept. 11.  I will be happy to answer anyone’s unresolved questions or concerns about the vaccination,” said Padgett.

Tallassee resident W. Dale Padgett, Sr. is currently working with SEAAHEC.  He became involved when the program coordinator, Venolda Gilder, reached out to him.  She became acquainted with Dale and his wife, Sheree, through their tutoring company, SPECS. 

Padgett with UAB health officers at the August clinic in Tallassee

“Venolda remembered the love we have for the people in our community.  When presented with the opportunity to do something good for Tallassee and the surrounding areas, it was a no-brainer for me,” Padgett said.

SEAAHEC is a part of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program and serves 15 counties—Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike and Russell.
AHEC was developed by Congress in 1971 to “recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations.”  AHEC provides opportunities in health care and health care training and includes a health professions academy for high school, undergraduate, and health profession students.  AHEC also conducts blood pressure clinics in the Black Belt region of Alabama and offers many other services to rural areas and under-represented populations.

The executive director of SEAAHEC is Paula Cheatwood.  To learn more about the non-profit organization, you can visit the website,