Vaccination Services

Suitably trained pharmacists in Ireland can supply and administer influenza, pneumococcal polysaccharide, herpes zoster (shingles) and COVID-19 vaccines.

Since 2011 pharmacists are designated in law to provide a seasonal influenza vaccination service in pharmacies and to supply and administer adrenaline (epinephrine) 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. 

In October 2020, legislation was amended to permit appropriately trained pharmacists to supply and administer the influenza vaccine at any suitable and appropriate place (i.e. within or offsite from the retail pharmacy business premises) having regard to public convenience and the need to protect the health and safety of the public. This includes the influenza vaccine suspension for injection presented as a pre-filled syringe, and the influenza vaccine nasal spray, suspension.

Since December 2020, appropriately trained pharmacists may also supply and administer COVID-19 vaccines as part of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. 

See information on the training requirements that pharmacists must complete before providing vaccinations.

PSI Vaccination Guidance 2023/2024

The PSI has guidance available to support pharmacists in providing safe vaccination services to the public in line with the legislation. The guidance sets out the legal and professional requirements which needs to be fulfilled and the general requirements applicable to the provision of a vaccination service in a pharmacy. In addition, the PSI has produced additional guidance specific to providing a vaccination service to children.

The HSE-PCRS has produced Operational Guidance for Vaccination in Community Pharmacy to support pharmacies in providing COVID-19 vaccines as part of the National Vaccination Programme.

Providing an influenza vaccination service offsite from the pharmacy premises

The purpose of this guidance is to support pharmacy owners, superintendent pharmacists and supervising pharmacists to plan and carry out a safe and effective offsite vaccination service.

Practical Guidance when Providing a Pharmacy Vaccination Service during COVID-19

This guidance has been archived, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has determined that COVID-19 is an established and ongoing health issue which no longer constitutes a public health emergency.

Useful resources

Access our FAQs page for common queries about the influenza vaccination season

The National Immunisation Office is responsible for managing vaccine procurement and distribution, developing training and communication materials for the public and health professionals. Further information on immunisation for the general public and healthcare professionals is available on the HSE immunisation website.