The Alabama AHEC Network is now offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to the Pickens County Community. Starting from April 1 through May 29, residents can get the first of two vaccine shots at the Pickens County Service Center Building.

Initially formed to create a state-wide team of community members whose mission was to conduct COVID-19 testing, the AHEC Network now turns its focus to vaccine rollout.

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“While the statewide infection rate has declined, there are still many areas - particularly the Black Belt region, and in the Hispanic and African American populations -where the infection numbers remain high when compared to national standards,” AHEC said on its website.

AHEC is actively working with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to bring testing services to those locations and now doses of the vaccine as well. The vaccines will be offered free of charge to anyone who qualifies.

Mobilizing the necessary equipment and personnel to rural areas is more difficult than transporting them urban cities, making vaccinations and testing harder to accomplish.

According to the West Central Alabama AHEC website, Governor Kay Ivey called on the Alabama National Guard to establish mobile COVID-19 vaccination sites for the “under-served and rural counties throughout Alabama.”

The Pickens County location will serve as one of those mobile sites through the end of May. The Pickens County Service Center Building is located at 155 Reform Street, Carrolton, AL, 35447.

To register for your vaccine shot, visit GetYourCovidShotNow.com, or call 256.50.COVID.

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