Nicola Sturgeon thanks BrewDog owner for offering up venues in Scotland for vaccine roll-out

The First Minister has thanked the CEO of Scottish multinational brewery and pub chain BrewDog for offering his closed venues up to the Scottish Government as spaces for them to quickly distribute the coronavirus vaccine in Scotland.

BrewDog's Edinburgh Lothian Road venue.
BrewDog's Edinburgh Lothian Road venue.

In a Twitter post this morning, Scottish CEO James Watt addressed both Nicola Sturgeon and UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock suggesting they use his venues free of charge to distribute the coronavirus vaccine to people across the UK.

Mr Watt tweeted: “Hi @MattHancock & @NicolaSturgeon. We would like to offer our closed @BrewDog venues to help with a quick roll out of the vaccine. For free.”

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The chain which has bars in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Inverurie, Perth, Peterhead, St Andrews and Stirling as well as various other locations across the UK hopes to offer up its spaces as their ‘ace team’ are keen to help in the fight against the virus.

Mr Watt added: "We have waiting areas, huge refrigerators, seperate rooms for vaccinations and an ace team who can help organise.

“We want to help.”

The First Minister has since thanked Mr Watt for his offer, saying she will hand this proposal over to the Government’s vaccination team.

Taking to Twitter to respond to Mr Watt, Ms Sturgeon said: “Thank you. I’ll pass this on to our vaccination team.”

Mr Watt’s offer comes as Scotland’s Healthy Secretary, Jeane Freeman confirmed that Scotland would receive 44,000 doses of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the beginning of next week, January 4 with the four nations continuing to plan supply and delivery.

Matt Hancock has yet to respond.

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