Why is proper storage and handling of vaccine important?
Proper vaccine storage and handling practices play a very important role in protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccine quality is the shared responsibility of everyone, from the time vaccine is manufactured until it is administered.
Why should vaccines be stored?
Keeping vaccines in their original packaging protects them from prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light which may lead to loss of potency. Vaccine stock should be rotated to ensure that older stock is placed at the front of the fridge so that it can be used first.
How long does a vaccine stay in your body?
How long spike proteins last in the body. The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) estimates that the spike proteins that were generated by COVID-19 vaccines last up to a few weeks, like other proteins made by the body.
Why must vaccines be stored in a locked fridge?
Vaccines must be kept within their original packaging when placed into the fridges to prevent damage to the vaccine. Keep vaccines away from the sides of the fridge or the floor to allow for air circulation and to avoid them freezing.
Do vaccines require refrigeration?
Store vaccine in a freezer or refrigerator. See guidance below for each storage unit. Use vaccine vials stored in the refrigerator before removing vials from frozen storage. Check and record storage unit temperature each workday.
Why should vaccines be cold?
Dr. Cooke: The reason the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines need to be kept so cold is because of the mRNA used in these vaccines. Leveraging mRNA technology has been pivotal in developing a safe, effective vaccine so quickly, but mRNA itself is incredibly fragile — it gets broken down very rapidly and easily.
How long is the Pfizer vaccine good after thawing?
today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is authorizing undiluted, thawed Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine vials to be stored in the refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (35°F to 46°F) for up to 1 month. Previously, thawed, undiluted vaccine vials could be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.