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 2021/2022

For the upcoming 2021/2022 influenza vaccination season, pharmacists are permitted to supply and administer the influenza vaccine to children from 6 months and older. Legislation also permits 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,  superintendent and supervising 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 needs 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.

In addition, all vaccination services carried out during the pandemic, must be provided in line with the PSI’s COVID-19 Operational Standards for Pharmacies.

Providing an influenza vaccination service offsite from the pharmacy premises

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.

Any influenza vaccination service provided offsite under this legislation must be carried out in connection with a named registered retail pharmacy business, in which the vaccinating pharmacist is employed or engaged. Read the legislation that brought about this change.

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.

Training Requirements

We provide a guide to training that pharmacists need to complete for the safe supply and administration of vaccines under the legislation.

Frequently Asked Questions - Influenza Vaccination Season 2021/2021

Frequently asked questions in relation to the influenza vaccination season are available on this website. 

Other Resources

  • HSE National Immunisation Office (NIO)

The National Immunisation Office is responsible for managing vaccine procurement and distribution, developing training and communication materials for the public and health professionals. They have provided a number of useful resources:

Influenza Vaccination Season 2021/2022

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

Further information on immunisation for the general public and healthcare professionals is available on the HSE immunisation website.