STUDENTS at Fife College have been playing a key part in the coronavirus vaccination programme after signing up to administer the jag.

Those on healthcare courses were urged to consider signing up as vaccinators to help with the roll-out in the region earlier this year.

After going through training, several students have now been approved to provide the injections at sites across Fife, including East End Park, Oakley and the Parkgate Community Centre.

Jennifer Colling, a student from Torryburn, is one of the students who has qualified as a vaccinator.

She said: “I heard through my lecturers that we could get involved in the vaccination programme and I wanted to help out so I applied to NHS Fife and told some of my classmates to consider it as well.

“The training for it was really useful and administering the vaccine is a new experience from what I’d done before.

“It’s amazing to be part of something that feels historic and that might provide the solution to a situation that has changed so many lives over the past year.

Heather Smith, from Dunfermline, said the experience would help her in her future career in adult nursing.

She explained: “It’s been great to help out with the process and everyone who I’ve seen has been really grateful and appreciative.

“For me personally, it’s been great to get some practical experience. I’m hoping to go into adult nursing so this has really helped me in my university applications.”

Kirsty Doig, a student from Dalgety Bay, said she was enjoying being part of the effort to fight COVID-19 and keep people safe “The coronavirus has had such a massive impact and I wanted to get involved in anything that could help get things back to normality,” she added.

“It’s been great to meet so many people through the process and talk people through getting their vaccine. Everyone has been so grateful to be receiving it and I’ve enjoyed being able to put what I’ve learned at Fife College into practice.”