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The Scottish Funding Council is to provide up to £25,000 of funding to support Forth Valley College as it prepares to host COVID-19 vaccination centres.

The college’s Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa Campuses will each play a key role as Scotland ramps up its campaign to tackle the virus and vaccinate communities across the country. Distribution of the NHS Forth Valley vaccinations is scheduled to take place from the end of January at the Falkirk campus and by the second week in February in Stirling and Alloa.

Forth Valley College already has in place robust procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including hand sanitisers, social distancing signage and protective screens. Enhanced cleaning procedures adopted by the college also add to the campuses’ suitability as vaccination centres. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions most of the college’s students and staff are learning and working from home.

Forth Valley College Principal, Dr Ken Thomson, said:

“As Forth Valley College is at the heart of the communities of Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa, we felt it was important to offer NHS Forth Valley our campuses as possible vaccination centres over the coming weeks.”

Cathie Cowan, the Chief Executive of NHS Forth Valley, said:

“These modern, accessible buildings provide flexible indoor spaces and outdoor car parking and drop off areas that are ideal for people of all ages and mobility levels to come and receive their vaccine safely during the time of a pandemic.

Karen Watt, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, colleges have time and again acted swiftly to respond to the national effort to tackle the virus and support the communities they serve. We are delighted to support Forth Valley College play an important part in the vaccination roll out programme.”