Influenza Training Programme: Changes for 2019/2020 Vaccination Season

On 20 June 2019, the PSI Council approved a change to the current training specification for the influenza vaccination training programme, for the 2019/2020 vaccination season, to include training on the administration of the parenteral vaccination to children from 10 years of age. 

In order to deliver this vaccination service to adults and children from 10 years of age at the pharmacy, pharmacists must undertake the online seasonal influenza vaccine training programme, which is available through the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) website. Pharmacists must also have up-to-date training in the following training programmes:

  • CPR (Adults and Children)
  • Responding to an emergency and management of anaphylaxis (RESMA)
  • Medicines administration (parenteral) (PAMT)*
  • Delivery of a vaccination service*

*Pharmacists are asked to reflect, self-assess and to evaluate whether they need to refresh their training in the PAMT and delivery of a vaccination service programmes, where they have continuous vaccination experience, in order to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to safely deliver the associated medicines or vaccination services. This is particularly relevant if a pharmacist wishes to expand influenza vaccination services to children from 10 years of age, for the first time.

Pharmacists who have not completed the PAMT training programme, which commenced in 2016, must undertake this training programme in order to be able to administer influenza vaccination to childern from 10 years of age.

Changes for 2020/2021 Vaccination Season

Additionally, the PSI Council approved a new training specification for the administration of influenza vaccination training programme, to commence in advance of the following vaccination season in 2020/2021. This includes training on the administration of the parenteral vaccination to children from 6 months of age.

The PSI will issue updated guidance to pharmacists in relation to the delivery of influenza vaccination services to children from 6 months of age, in advance of the 2020/2021 vaccination season.

As a result of these changes, pharmacists will be able to offer influenza vaccination services to a wider cohort of patients, including at-risk groups, improving public accessibility to influenza vaccination services.