Support Alert

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) issues guidance on pharmacy technicians administering vaccines

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) has issued new professional guidance around the administration of vaccines. This encourages pharmacy technicians to ensure all legal frameworks, regulation and governance are in place before administration to ensure patient safety and to protect pharmacy technicians. APTUK are awaiting confirmation of the legal framework which would enable this. See APTUK Professional Guidance Regarding Vaccine Administration for details.


Current framework
The current legal framework used by pharmacists to administer vaccines such as influenza vaccine are Patient Group Directions (PGDs). The Human Medicines Regulations 2012 , as amended provides a list of persons who can legally supply or administer medicines against a PGD. Pharmacy technicians are not currently on this list therefore cannot legally administer vaccines using a PGD.

Note: the role of administering a vaccine under a PGD cannot be delegated to other members of staff who are not on the lists of persons who can legally supply or administer medicines from a PGD. For more details see Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) Can supply or administration be delegated to another practitioner under a PGD?  This means that it would not be possible to delegate the role of administering a vaccine under a PGD to a pharmacy technician at this time. 


We need your support.


Your dedication and commitment during the pandemic has been exceptional.

As we brace for a surge of coronavirus infections, we know that pharmacy will be at the forefront of delivering healthcare.

Whether it’s flu vaccinations or dealing with local lockdowns we need decisions and assurances from the Government to make sure our profession can cope. We must make sure pharmacists get enough supplies of PPE, rapid access to testing in all care settings, and the recognition you deserve.

You told us that our leadership and resources during in the early months of the pandemic were of critical importance. We are now updating our highly valued COVID-19 resources and training webinars to make sure they reflect current - and changing - guidance.

If the enormous mental and physical strain of the past few months is repeated ahead of this winter, the health service will be on its knees. We will be there to make sure pharmacists get mental health and wellbeing support.

We will continue to work hard to give you the tools and guidance to do your job safely. And fight to make sure you get the recognition you deserve.
We are proud to support you. But without members, none of this will be possible.

Become a member and help us do even more.
Joining costs just 60p a day. And means that, whatever the future holds, we will be here for you, so you can support the public and patients.

Join today to protect the future of pharmacy