Unpacking and storing 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

A standard operating procedure is provided for unpacking and storing COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech in an ultra-low temperature freezer.


The attached standard operating procedure describes the process of unpacking and storing frozen Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in an ultra-low temperature freezer.


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. Content reviewed and accurate
  1. Updated to reflect availability of Comirnaty-branded product and associated changes
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