Maintaining the cold chain is vital to ensure vaccine efficacy. Excursions should be investigated appropriately, causes identified, and corrective action taken.

Maintaining the vaccine cold chain: read first

Correct storage of the vaccine ensures its efficacy and the cold chain must be maintained during storage and transportation
Higher temperatures increase risks to safe vaccine use and storage. To minimise effects: control ambient temperature, assess risks, and mitigate against them.

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Using COVID-19 vaccines during hot weather

Higher temperatures increase risks to safe vaccine use and storage. To minimise effects: control ambient temperature, assess risks, and mitigate against them.

Quality Improvement Alert – Cold Chain Management of COVID-19 Vaccines

An SPS quality improvement alert to highlight the requirements for safe and effective cold storage of COVID-19 vaccines

Using CorrMed Cool Bags for Vaccine Storage

Information and guidance on the use of CorrMedCoolboxes. Refers to storage for all vaccines across all care settings.

Receiving and storing COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna at PCN designated Sites

Standard Operating Procedure for PCN designated sites receiving and storing the Moderna Spikevax® COVID-19 Vaccine

Unpacking of frozen COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna and transfer to fridges to thaw in Trusts and Vaccination Centres

A standard operating procedure for unpacking frozen COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna and transferring them to fridges to thaw is provided.

Receiving frozen COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna in Trusts and Vaccination Centres

Instructions for receiving frozen Moderna vaccines are provided.

Maintaining the COVID-19 vaccines cold chain

Correct storage of the vaccine ensures its efficacy and the cold chain must be maintained during storage and transportation

Storage requirements for each COVID-19 Vaccine

Specific requirements must be adhered to for each vaccine as per the MHRA information for health care professionals. We've summarised key requirements.

Transporting COVID-19 vaccines whilst maintaining the cold chain

Correct transportation of COVID-19 vaccines must be undertaken to maintain the cold-chain

Managing temperature excursions for COVID-19 vaccines

Correct cold chain management will prevent temperature excursions. Where they do occur, set actions should be undertaken to gather information and seek advice.