Guidance on the Provision of an Influenza Vaccination Service for Children Aged 6 Months and Older

This is an addendum to our Guidance on the Provision of Vaccination Services by Pharmacists in Retail Pharmacy Businesses, setting out additional guidance specific to providing a vaccination service to children.

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Since the 2020/2021 influenza vaccination season, appropriately trained pharmacists are authorised to: 

  • supply and administer influenza vaccines to children from the age of 6 months 
  • supply and administer the influenza vaccine (live attenuated) nasal spray suspension to children and adolescents from 24 months, in accordance with the summary of product characteristics of the product administered and the Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland. 

The requirements set out in the PSI’s Guidance on the Provision of Vaccination Services by Pharmacists in Retail Pharmacy Businesses must be met when providing an influenza vaccination service for children.  

In addition, recommendations set out in the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC)’s Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland and the advice and guidance of the National immunisation Office (NIO) must be met.  

These Guidelines are updated regularly, and pharmacists should ensure that they are familiar with the most recent versions.   

For further guidance on this area of practice, please see our vaccinations services section.