Receiving of frozen COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech in ultra-low temperature freezers in Trusts

Ian Allen, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Regional Specialist (NW), North West Pharmaceutical Quality AssurancePublished Last updated See all updates

Instructions for receiving frozen COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech are provided.


The attached standard operating procedure outlines how Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine should be unpacked and stored.


The attachment is presented in Word to enable adaptation locally, or as reference source to check that existing local procedures are robust and comprehensive.
Within the SOP:

  • GREEN TEXT indicates that detail is awaited, and will be added when available;
  • RED TEXT indicates where detail is to be added locally.


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Change history

  1. Updated to reflect availability of Comirnaty-branded product and associated changes
  1. Published