NHS COVID-19 Drive-Through Vaccination Centre at Queen Margaret University

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are taking place at the NHS Lothian vaccination centre at Queen Margaret University from 10 February 2021.

The NHS vaccination centre is an NHS service and is run by NHS Lothian and not the University.
Your local NHS health board will be in touch with you to arrange your vaccination appointment when you are eligible. 

You can read more about the vaccination programme in the Lothians at the NHS Lothian Vaccination Hub.

Accessing QMU for Vaccinations

The vaccination centre at QMU is a drive-through service only. It will only service patients arriving in cars/vehicles who have been allocated an appointment.

Please do not visit the area of the vaccination centre before it is officially opened as construction work is underway. Once the site is up and running, it will be busy with traffic. We would ask that you do not visit the centre without an appointment, as you will not be given a vaccination.

Queen Margaret University's Location

Queen Margaret University is located at Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, East Lothian (across the other side of the A1 from Fort Kinnaird Shopping Complex).

Travelling to the University

  • Accessing the campus by vehicle - All main approach roads to the vaccination centre (whether approaching from East Lothian, the City Bypass, Midlothian or Edinburgh) will have clear signposting directing you to the vaccination centre at QMU.
  • Cars can access the campus via a slip road off the A1 southbound, between the exit for Newcraighall/Craigmillar and the Old Craighall Roundabout. Drivers should note that the access by car is not permitted via Whitehall Farm Road (by Musselburgh Station). On campus, there will be a designated route to the vaccination centre, which will be clearly signposted. You can also expect to see traffic marshalls who will help direct you into the through the vaccination centre.
  • Note about SatNav – please avoid using QMU’s postcode in SatNav as it will direct you via Musselburgh into the back of the QMU campus via Whitehall Farm Road and you will be unable to access the vaccination centre. The only approach road is via the A1.
  • Exiting campus by vehicle - there is only one exit which will take you back onto the southbound A1. You should follow the road to the Craighall Roundabout where you will be able to exit the A1 as necessary. The roundabout will allow connections to the east, west, south, into Edinburgh city centre and anywhere northbound.

More general travel advice from Traffic Scotland and their guidance on travelling in bad weather.

Find out more information about travelling to Queen Margaret University by car 



To assist with making your visit to the vaccination centre at Queen Margaret University as smooth as possible, you are asked to follow the guidance below:

  1. Please make sure you bring your appointment letter with you to your appointment.
  2. Ensure you bring a face covering which should be worn on arrival (unless medically exempt – if so, you will be asked to provide confirmation of this).
  3. Wear practical clothing so it is easy to access your upper arm.
  4. Follow road signage and staff instruction to help navigate the one way system in the vicinity of the University campus. Traffic marshalls and other NHS staff will be present on your arrival to provide direction and assistance.
  5. Please follow the instructions in your appointment letter.

Need more information? Call NHS’s COVID-19 vaccination helpline 0800 030 8013.

If any member of the community has questions about COVID-19 or the vaccination centre based at Queen Margaret University, they should direct all calls to the NHS’s COVID-19 vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013.


Playing our part in the recovery from the pandemic

Queen Margaret University is proud to play its part in supporting the NHS in its delivery of the biggest mass vaccination programme our country has ever undertaken. 

NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline

For queries about COVID-19 or the vaccination centre based at Queen Margaret University please call then NHS’s COVID-19 vaccination helpline provided.

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NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline

NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline 0800 030 8013