Training for Pharmacists for the Supply and Administration of Vaccinations

Pharmacists who have completed the required training, are permitted to supply and administer the following vaccines:

  • seasonal influenza vaccine,
  • pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
  • herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccines:
  1. Comirnaty / Pfizer BioNTech,
  2. Moderna
  3. Astra Zeneca
  4. Janssen

The legislation which allows for these services is available on the Irish Statute Book website.

What training do I need to complete?

The number of training programmes you will have to complete will depend on what services you wish to provide. You will receive a certificate of completion once you complete each training programme.

In order to supply and administer any vaccine, pharmacists must first undertake or have up-to-date training in the following programmes:

  1. CPR for adults and children
  2. Responding to an Emergency Situation and Management of Anaphylaxis (RESMA)
  3. Medicines Administration (Parenteral) (PAMT)
  4. Delivery of a Vaccination Service

The training programmes for the specific vaccines you wish to administer can then be completed:

Training programmes for specific vaccines

A diagram of the training programmes is set out below.

Supply and administration of vaccinations - training programmes

How long is training valid for?

Training programme  Validity period
CPR Course for Adults and Children Two years (or as stated by training provider)
Responding to an Emergency Situation and Management of Anaphylaxis (RESMA) Two years
Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine Two years
Influenza Vaccine One year/ season
Pneumococcal Vaccine Two years
Delivery of a vaccination service Pharmacists are asked to reflect, self-assess and to evaluate whether they need to refresh their training in this programme, in order to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to safely deliver a vaccination service. The PSI requires that this training programme is repeated if a pharmacist has not vaccinated in the past 12 months (or influenza season).
 PAMT Pharmacists are asked to reflect, self-assess and to evaluate whether they need to refresh their training in this programme, in order to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to safely deliver the associated medicines or vaccination service. The PSI requires that this training programme is repeated if a pharmacist wishes to administer: a vaccine or emergency medicine via an injection route i.e. intramuscular or subcutaneous, which they have never previously administered; or a vaccine or emergency medicine via an injection route which they have neither practised (i.e. administered to a patient) nor been trained in the previous 12 months (or in the case of seasonal influenza vaccination, in the previous flu season).
Emergency Medicines
Glyceryl Trinitrate Spray Two years
Salbutamol inhaler Two years
Glucagon Two years
Naloxone Two years

How can I complete training?

You can contact the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) to find out how to register and complete most of the required training programmes. Many of the training programmes are available online, so you can complete them in your own time. Many programmes are free of charge. There is a fee associated with the Medicines Administration (Parenteral) (PAMT) training programme.

Training on the COVID-19 vaccines is available through HSELanD- the Health Service Executive's online learning and development portal (NIO training). The HSE has developed this guide for community pharmacists to access HSELanD training.

What do I need to do each year?

You should review the training requirements for the delivery of the services you wish to provide each year. You should check that your training in each training programme is up-to-date. You should also complete a self-declaration form, which will help you to review the requirements and provide a means for you to attest to your competency to deliver the chosen service(s).

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the training requirements, you can email education@psi.ie.

See also our FAQ sections on COVID-19 and influenza vaccination services.

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