Transporting COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna from PCN designated sites to end user locations

Sue Dickinson, Director of Pharmacy, Regional Drug & Therapeutics Centre (Newcastle)Published Last updated See all updates

Standard Operating Procedure for transporting Moderna Spikevax® COVID-19 Vaccine from PCN designated sites to end user locations.


The Conditions of Authorisation for Moderna Spikevax® COVID-19 vaccine have been amended to enable transportation at 2-8C of unopened vials in multiple journeys up to 12 hours in total.

Staff at all sites should discuss their plans with their clinical leads and responsible pharmacists as appropriate prior to undertaking transportation of any vaccine type.


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Change history

  1. Section 4.3.4 amended to reflect advice in 4.3.6
  1. Page content remains accurate
  1. Section 4.3.5 amended to reflect revised content of Mutual Aid Policy V2
  1. Appendix 1 updated to include individual vial in addition to carton selection for transport
  1. Sections 4.3.4 - 4.3.7 amended to mirror information in other PCN Transport SOPs
  1. Sections 4.3.4 and 4.3.5 amended following update of Mobile and Roving Models policy (October 2021)
  1. Section 4.3.1 content amended to match other PCN transport SOPs
  2. Section 5.0 added covering Mutual Aid Policy and transfer of COVID-19 vaccines including Moderna Spikevax
  1. Section 4.3.1 aligned with Pharmacy Institutional Readiness for Management of Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 Vaccine V2 26/08/2021
  1. Addition of information regarding movement between end user locations and link to NHSE position statement
  1. Section 4.3.5 Addition of statement regarding immediate use
  2. Section 4.3.4 Addition to include storage in suitably calibrated fridge at end user site
  3. Section 4.3.2 Addition to clarify wholesaler responsibility regarding transit time greater than 6 hours to delivery
  4. Confirmation that where term PCN designated site is used it covers any designated vaccination site
  1. Data now available to support transportation of one or more thawed vials in liquid state for up to 12 hours at 2°C to 8°C (within the 30 days shelf life at 2°C to 8°C). SOP reinstated. Reference to use with vials received frozen removed
  1. SOP suspended following confirmation that Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should not be used in mobile or roving settings if delivered in the thawed state
  1. Published