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Former M&S store in Kirkcaldy to re-open as Covid-19 mass vaccination centre

M&S Kirkcaldy vaccination clinic
The former M&S store has been handed over to NHS Fife for use as a Covid-19 mass vaccination clinic.

The former Marks & Spencer store in Kirkcaldy’s High Street is to reopen becoming Fife’s first Covid-19 mass vaccination clinic.

The company has given NHS Fife full use of the vacant building to create the new facility.

It’s one of four major vaccination clinics set to open in Fife next month to help bolster the vaccination programme across the region and will be over and above the 19 clinics already in operation.

The Marks & Spencer store closed its doors in 2019 after more than 80 years but the company retained the lease to the building and handing it over without charge to the health board.

The store is seen as ideal because of its large open floor space offering maximum social distancing as well as its central location and its ease of access.

Shona Lawrie, M&S regional manager said:“As soon as we were approached to see if our former store was suitable, we were determined to pull out all the stops to make it happen.

“M&S is extremely proud to get involved – we think it is a brilliant idea to use this site and we’re keen to do all we can to help NHS Fife and the Scottish Government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme.”

Scott Garden, NHS Fife director of pharmacy and medicines, added: “We want to offer our most sincere thanks to Marks and Spencer for the generous offer of the use of their former store on Kirkcaldy High Street for use as a mass vaccination clinic.

“With the overwhelming majority of those in our priority groups now having received their first vaccination, it’s vital that we adapt the delivery of the programme in order that we can carry out the volumes necessary to vaccinate our younger adult population.”

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