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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

When Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) secured Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate eligible members of its community, the school needed qualified personnel to help prepare and administer the shots. So it turned to its neighbor, MCPHS – Worcester. MCPHS responded by putting out a call for volunteers, and students and faculty alike signed up to help.

On February 25, 2021, several MCPHS students and faculty members from the School of Pharmacy-Worcester/Manchester spent their afternoon assisting WPI vaccinate its population. From noon until 5 p.m., they managed five vaccination stations, administering close to 180 shots over the course of the day.

Both universities hope to put on another clinic as soon as vaccine supply allows it.

Ashley Biton, PharmD ‘21, was one of the MCPHS students who volunteered to vaccinate patients at WPI on February 25. Led by COVID-19 Coordinator and Professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice Sheila Seed, Ashley and a group of fellow pharmacy students administered almost 200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Ashley says the clinic was well organized and that she was able to administer close to 50 vaccines herself. And to her, doing so in a local community felt important. "Going to WPI, which is within our community here in Worcester, was very rewarding. And being able to administer the vaccine to educators, people who are giving back to the community on a daily basis—being able to give them the vaccine was very rewarding.”

Ashley and the rest of the MCPHS team certainly felt appreciated for their efforts. Ashley says, “One gentleman came up to us and asked if he could get us coffee or anything as a thank you, which was really nice.”