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 three vaccines:

  • Adrenaline injection
  • Salbutamol inhaler
  • Glyceryl trinitrate aerosol (sublingual spray)
  • Glucagon injection
  • Naloxone injection
  • 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 a 'building block' or modular system of training which will equip pharmacists with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely administer these medicines and vaccines to patients.

The training structure is comprised of foundation courses and specific modules on each medicine and vaccine. Completion of foundation courses allows a pharmacist to access a number of medicine and vaccine specific courses, with no need for duplication of training.

Assess your training needs

The training that you need to complete will depend on the additional services that you wish to provide and is summarised in this training needs table. Starting on the left, pharmacists can identify the vaccine or emergency medicine they wish to administer and move across the table to see what courses need to be completed. (You can click on the table for a larger print version).  

Training Needs Table

Experienced = A pharmacist who administered the influenza vaccination during the 2016/2017 influenza season as an experienced vaccinator, i.e. those who had completed influenza vaccination training in 2015 and vaccinated patients for 2 consecutive years within the last 4 years.
New/Other = All other pharmacists

The seasonal influenza module certificate is only valid for one influenza season.   You are required to renew your certificate every time you wish to participate in an influenza season and administer the flu vaccination. 

As the table shows, the same foundation courses are used for emergency medicines and vaccines to avoid duplication in training. A brief description of each of the courses and who needs to complete them is provided below. Access to training is provided through the IIOP website.

Foundation Courses

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  • CPR Course for Adults and Children

  • Responding to an Emergency Situation & Management of Anaphylaxis

  • Medicines Administration (Parenteral)

  • Delivery of a Vaccination Service

Specific Modules

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Related guidance for pharmacists:

Find additional information and access to online and face to face training options on the IIOP website.

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