Skip to content

COVID-19 Coordinator Sheila Seed

MCPHS COVID-19 Coordinator Sheila Seed, PharmD, MPH, CTH®, AFTM RCPS (Glasg), RPh, is a busy woman. By 6 a.m. every morning she is checking her email for messages from the Broad Institute, with whom the University has partnered to process COVID-19 tests, for news of any positive results. If they do receive word of any positive test results, Dr. Seed and her COVID-19 team get started right away on contact tracing.

“We can mitigate the spread because we’re testing so often,” she says, allowing the University to quickly isolate anyone with the virus. Most universities around the country aren’t testing as often as MCPHS and other Boston-area schools. “We are very stringent compared to other universities nationwide,” she adds.

But overseeing the University's testing enterprise is not all Dr. Seed has been doing to help stop the virus. MCPHS has recently stepped up its coronavirus efforts beyond testing by embarking on an aggressive approach to help train and deploy individuals to administer the COVID-19 vaccinations to the greater population. Ordinarily, MCPHS pharmacy students engage in immunization training sessions in April, with a follow-up technique check in July. This year, the University decided to expand and expedite immunization training sessions in January and February for pharmacy students, on all campuses, earlier on in their curriculum, in an effort to increase the number of individuals who can administer COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Seed teaches immunization to Worcester and Manchester pharmacy students. “We had such an outpouring of people saying, ‘Hey, I want to get on the ground, I want to vaccinate,’ that we’re making it work earlier, she says.” Over 90 students signing up for the early Worcester/Manchester class, and over 100 more Boston students signed up for the early class through that program. “We’re fitting into their incredibly busy schedules,” Seed says, and getting vaccinators on the front lines.

Dr. Seed has also been vaccinating patients herself, and in one instance led a huge effort to help Worcester Polytechnical Institute run a clinic for eligible members of their community. She has been vital in standing up clinics in coordination with Community Healthlink to vaccinate at-risk populations. She has volunteered her time on many a Saturday to administer vaccines at UMass Medical Center to administer vaccines since they first became available. And Dr. Seed continues to teach her Pharmacy Practice students through it all.