COVID-19 vaccination centre and testing

A new on-campus vaccination centre is now in operation at the University of Stirling, allowing students, University staff and members of the public to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Anyone living in Scotland who requires a first or second dose of the vaccine can attend. This includes international students arriving on campus and those who are not yet registered with a GP.

The vaccination centre is operated by NHS Forth Valley. COVID-19 can be serious whatever your age and the vaccine is your best protection against its effects. Read more about why NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the COVID-19 vaccine when offered it.

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Book an appointment or drop-in

The vaccination centre will operate seven-days-a-week, from 8:30am-7.00pm. Students can book an appointment using the link below or drop-in to the vaccination centre anytime during opening hours. Members of the public and staff can drop-in to the vaccination centre without an appointment.

Student booking portal

If you are a student, please book an appointment using the link below. You can book an appointment for a first or second dose of your COVID-19 vaccination, but if you are booking a second dose, it must be at least 56 days (8 weeks) since you received your first dose.

You can drop-in to the vaccination centre without an appointment, however, if you would prefer to book an appointment you can do this online in advance. This will ensure you avoid having to wait during any busier periods.

If you need help or have any questions about your vaccination before you book, please call NHS Forth Valley on 0800 130 3120 - lines are open from 8:30am - 4:15pm, seven days a week.

When you attend staff will ask you if you are a student. This is in order to update the University on the numbers of students vaccinated, however you do not require to show any ID.

General public and University staff drop-ins

If you are a member of the public or University staff, you can attend the vaccination centre without booking an appointment. Separate queues will be in operation to allow people with scheduled appointments to get their dose at the appointed time. You can drop-in for your first or second vaccination, but please note that if you are attending for a second dose, it must be at least 56 days (8 weeks) since you received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
Drop-in appointments are available to anyone living in Scotland who requires a first or second dose of the vaccine.
 
If you need help or have any questions about your vaccination before you book, please call NHS Forth Valley on 0800 130 3120 - lines are open from 8:30am - 4:15pm, seven days a week.

Vaccinations for 16 and 17-year-olds

Young people aged 16 to 17 are now being offered the Coronavirus vaccination in Scotland. Only 16 and 17-year-olds who have registered with an NHS GP practice will be able to register for a vaccine. Find out more about registering for a Coronavirus vaccine.

vaccination centre map

Vaccination centre location

The vaccination centre will be located in the Pathfoot building. Access and parking for the vaccination centre is at the rear of the Pathfoot building.

See Pathfoot in Google Maps

Questions and answers about getting your vaccination on campus

For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit the NHS inform website.

Is this centre open to international students arriving on campus?

Yes. The vaccination centre is open to anyone living in Scotland who requires a first or second dose of the vaccine. This includes international students arriving on campus and those who are not yet registered with a GP.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations for international students.

Can I use the vaccination centre if I am not a student?

Yes, the vaccination centre will be open to members of the public and University staff as well as students.

What if I've had my first vaccination in another country?

If you have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you will receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative will be offered. See detailed guidance about individuals who received COVID vaccination overseas and read more questions and answers about COVID-19 vaccinations for international students.

If you have received the Sinovac vaccine

If you arrive in Scotland and have already received one or two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, you can still be vaccinated with one dose of a UK-approved vaccine 8 weeks after your previous dose. If you have received three doses of the Sinovac vaccine, no further immediate vaccine will be administered.

How do I book my first or second appointment at the vaccination centre?

If you are a student, you can either drop into the vaccination centre anytime between 8:30am - 7:00pm, or book your first or second vaccine appointment by visiting our booking page. Please note, if you are booking your second dose of the vaccine, it must be at least 56 days (8 weeks) since you received your first dose.

It’s really important to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination to provide longer term protection. If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, you can email NHS Forth Valley’s COVID-19 vaccination team at fv.covidvaccinations@nhs.scot or call 0800 130 3120 during normal office hours.

If I have tested positive for COVID-19, how long should I wait until I get vaccinated?

If you've recently tested positive for coronavirus – even if you have no symptoms – you should wait until 4 weeks after the date you were tested before getting the vaccine.

COVID-19 testing in Stirling

If you need a COVID-19 test, there are two centres you can visit. There's a mobile testing unit in the East Car Park on the University campus or a walk-through testing facility in Stirling City Centre.

There are two types of COVID-19 tests, check the NHS website for more information on which type of test you should take.

Mobile testing unit

The mobile testing unit (MTU) is located in the car park beside the Airthrey Park Medical Centre. The unit offers walk-through and drive-through appointments on a part-time basis.

You can book your slot through the NHS COVID test referral portal. 

mobile testing unit map

Mobile testing unit location

The mobile testing unit is located in the car park beside the Airthrey Park Medical Centre. The location is highlighted pink on this map.

Get directions to the mobile testing unit via Google Maps

City centre testing

A walk-through COVID-19 testing facility is open in Stirling City Centre, seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

The centre is in Forthside, adjacent to the Engine Shed and just over the bridge from the train and bus stations. It's open to University staff, students, and local residents who meet the criteria for a COVID-19 test.

More information about walk-through test centres and how to book a test is available via the NHS Inform website.

No symptoms testing

Some people with COVID-19 infection will have very few or no symptoms. Testing people with no symptoms can help protect family and friends.

Free Lateral Flow Device testing for those without symptoms is available to everyone in Scotland, with details on how to acquire a test available via the Scottish Government website. You can also collect Lateral Flow Device testing kits in local pharmacies, including the campus pharmacy in the Atrium. Find your nearest pharmacy.

Students can also request free Lateral Flow Device testing kits from Juniper Court, Beech Court, Alexander Court, Andrew Stewart Hall, Union Street Stirling City and John Forty's Court halls of residence. Please ask at the reception desk for your free kits.