Patient Group Directions (PGDs) enable pharmacists to provide medicines and vaccines privately to support a wide range of patient groups and conditions. The NPA offers vaccination training and PGDs through our partnerships at very competitive rates on an extensive range of flu, travel, vaccination and non-vaccination (formerly oral/topical) PGDs.


PGDs enable pharmacists to supply and administer specified medicines to pre-defined groups of patients without a prescription

Benefits to your business from offering PGDs:

  • Increases your footfall and your revenue streams
  • Drives repeat demand for your services
  • Expands the range of services you can offer
  • Provides the pharmacist with additional skill-set
  • Improves the visibility of your business in the local community profile
  • Develops your potential market

PGDs are good for your patients and customers as:

  • Community pharmacies are highly accessible
  • They have the assurance of being vaccinated by a trained, accredited and trusted front-line healthcare professional
  • Your service is convenient – no appointment necessary
  • You offer out-of-hours access due to extended opening hours


The PGD packages are suitable for any pharmacist wishing to support a wide range of patient groups and conditions.

The vaccination training is open to all healthcare professionals who, on completion of the training, can vaccinate patients via the appropriate legal routes, other than a PGD.


This year we are pleased to partner again with ECG Training, who will enrol pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, take payment and deliver the online training and full practical training (if required) as well as certificates. ECG will also act as a one-stop shop by providing PGDs and PGD eTool services which come through their established relationship with Pharmadoctor. The training delivered includes:

a) Full practical face-to-face (F2F) training – which is required for all new vaccinators as well as anyone requiring triennial training. 

b) Refresher (online) training – which is required for all individuals who are due for their yearly refresher training in between the triennial F2F training.

Online training will include information on where to access current guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID specific vaccination information.

Visuals showing the NPA’s recommended training pathways can be viewed here. More details on what is covered in the different training sessions can be accessed from our dedicated PGD page here.


Pharmacists are required to complete a multiple-choice question assessment at the end of the online training.

Vaccination training and PGDs

Our dedicated PGD homepage gives you access to 2022 range and pricing, different training options and enrolment process. Vaccination training for pharmacy technicians is also available.


PGD issued by Pharmadoctor via ECG


Practical training - 3.5 hours, online training dependent on PGD - minimum 8 hours

Start Date

Practical vaccination training sessions and online refresher training available throughout the year

Course Fee

Various packages and fees - please visit our PGD page (pink box below) for more details

Dependent on package selected

Dependent on package selected