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.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination 2020/2021

For the upcoming 2020/2021 influenza vaccination season, pharmacists are permitted to supply and administer the influenza vaccine to children from 6 months and older. Legislation has also been amended to permit pharmacists to supply and administer the influenza nasal spray, suspension to children and adolescents from two years old. Read the legislation which allows for these services.

An addendum to the Guidance on the Provision of Vaccination Services provides additional guidance, specific to providing a vaccination service to children. This addendum must be read and considered by all pharmacy owners and superintendent pharmacists who wish to provide this service.

Providing Vaccination Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic the way that vaccination services are provided will need to be adapted to ensure recommended public health measures are in place to help protect patients and staff, and minimise the risk of exposure to, and transmission of, COVID-19.

This practical guidance aims to support pharmacy owners, superintendent pharmacists and supervising pharmacists put in place policies and procedures for the continuation of safe and effective vaccination services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.