Training for Pharmacists for the Supply and Administration of Emergency Medicines and Vaccinations

Legislation allows pharmacists, who have completed the required training, to administer five medicines for the purpose of saving life or reducing severe distress in emergency situations, and to administer three vaccines:
Medicines:

  • Adrenaline injection
  • Salbutamol inhaler
  • Glyceryl trinitrate aerosol (sublingual spray)
  • Glucagon injection
  • Naloxone injection

Vaccines

  • Seasonal Influenza vaccine
  • Pneumococcal Polysaccharide vaccine
  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles) vaccine

In order to administer these medicines and vaccines in line with the legislation, pharmacists must complete approved training and obtain relevant certification. In partnership with the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP), the PSI has developed training programmes which will equip pharmacists with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely administer these medicines and vaccines to patients.

The training programmes provide a streamlined system of training which prevent pharmacists having to duplicate training in areas which may be relevant to a number of vaccines or emergency medicines. Training is provided through face to face, online or a combination of face to face and online methods. Online training programmes are available to pharmacists free of charge.

Further information on training programmes and how to apply to complete training can be accessed through the IIOP website.

Training comprises of four core training programmes and seven medicine or vaccine specific training programmes:

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  • CPR (Adults and Children)

  • Medicines Administration (Parenteral)

  • Responding to an Emergency and Management of Anaphylaxis

  • Delivery of a Vaccination Service

Medicine/Vaccine Specific Training Programmes

  • Naloxone Injection
  • Glucagon Injection
  • Salbutamol Inhaler
  • Glyceryl Trinitrate Spray
  • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
  • Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine
  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine
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Diagrams of the training programmes which need to be completed in order to deliver emergency medicines and vaccination services can be accessed below.

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What training do I have to do?

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  • Adrenaline (auto injector)

  • Adrenaline (non-auto injector preparations)

  • Naloxone injection

  • Glucagon injection

  • Salbutamol inhaler

  • Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN) Spray

  • Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

  • Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination

  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccination

Following successful completion of each training programme, a certificate is issued which states the validity period for training.

Validity of Training

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  • Click here to view the validity of training for each module

Experienced Vaccinator

The term ‘experienced vaccinator’ was defined under PSI 2016/2017 training requirements as a pharmacist who had completed influenza vaccination training in 2015 and who had vaccinated patients for two consecutive years in the four years preceding 2015. Specific exemptions from some training programmes were granted to these pharmacists at that time and again following review in 2017/2018, provided that the pharmacist had continuous vaccination experience during the 2016/2017 season.

Experienced Vaccinator Training Requirements

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  • Click here for the 2018/2019 training requirements

Related guidance for pharmacists: