Vaccination Services

Since 2011 pharmacists are designated in law to provide a seasonal influenza vaccination service in pharmacies and to supply and administer adrenaline injections for the emergency treatment of anaphylactic shock that may arise from the administration of vaccines.

In 2015 the legislation was amended to permit pharmacists to supply and administer two additional vaccines, the pneumococcal polysaccharide and herpes zoster (shingles) vaccines. Relevant legislation can be found below:

The PSI has produced guidance to support pharmacists in providing vaccination services in line with the legislation. It details the general requirements for providing  a vaccination services in a pharmacy and additional considerations specific to the provision of each vaccination service, i.e. seasonal influenza, pneumococcal polysaccharide and herpes zoster vaccines.

The vaccination guidance incorporates the previous guidance that dealt solely with provision of the seasonal flu vaccination.

Training Requirements

We provide a guide to training that pharmacists need to complete for the safe supply and administration of vaccines under the legislation.

Evaluation of the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Service in Pharmacy

The PSI carries out evaluations of the seasonal influenza vaccination service provided in pharmacies to obtain feedback from patients and pharmacists to ensure that the service is being operated safely, and to identify any improvements that could be made.

Other Resources

  • Further information on immunisation for the general public and healthcare professionals is available on the HSE immunisation website.