Vaccine Storage

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1.  Storage, distribution and disposal of vaccines – The Green Book chapter 3, updated 2013 

2.  Protocol for ordering, storing and handling vaccines from PHE updated March 2014 (also see image below)

3.  Vaccine incident guidance: responding to vaccine errors   from PHE updated January 2020

4. Finding your local Health Protection Team in England

5.  ‘Keep your vaccines healthy’ poster and magnet from Public Health England

6.  ImmForm

7.  Guidance on Vaccine Storage and Handling v 3.0 published December 2017 from Health Protection Scotland

8.  Vaccine Incident Guidance: Actions to take in response to vaccine errors from Public Health Scotland

9.  Care Quality Commission Mythbuster no. 17 Vaccines storage and fridges in GP practices  and from Public Health England What to do if issues with vaccine storage management are identified during a Care Quality Commission inspection

10.  Excel spreadsheets for Vaccine Stock Management regarding the travel and childhood vaccines can be found in 12a and 12b in tools 

11. Public Health England Off Label Vaccine leaflets here and a leaflet ‘The use of vaccines that have been temporarily stored outside the recommended temperature range’  here or directly  here

12. Vaccine Storage Audit from PHE and NHS England here

13.  Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit published January 2021 from CDC.  Also in 2018, CDC added a 50 minute video entitled ‘Keys to Storing and Handling Your Vaccine Supply’ to YouTube see here 

14. Canadian Government National Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines for Immunization Providers 2015

15. Australian Government National vaccine storage guidelines ‘Strive for 5’ 2019

16. World Health Organization Module 2: The vaccine cold chain 2015

17. EQUIPMENT to purchase (PLEASE NOTE I AM NOT ENDORSING ANY COMPANY, merely helping you find suppliers)

PSUK  Portable vaccine carrier see here

Williams Medical data logger see here, vaccine carrier bag see here but also search on the site for greater selection.

Morton Medical vaccine transport boxes see here

Please note, on 19th February 2014  the following CPD article was published in Nursing Standard.  The full reference is:

Chiodini J (2014) Safe storage and handling of vaccines.  Nursing Standard. 28,25, 45-52.  (NS731)  

Very little information is provided in UK guidance on equipment such as data loggers, vaccine transporters, portable vaccine fridges, so I’ve included these topics in the article.  Nursing Standard have kindly allowed a copy of this article to be linked on the RCN immunisation page see here and for direct access click here or on the image below.

Interesting UK resources – click on images below

International resources – click on images below

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