Why must vaccines be kept in a lockable fridge?

Why must vaccines be stored in a lockable fridge or a locked room?

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.

Why do vaccines need to be stored in the fridge?

When thawing, the recrystallization process exerts tension and shear stress on the proteins. Storing vaccines at cool temperatures also lessens the need for other preservatives and lessens the risk of bacterial growth within the vaccine.

Who is responsible for the correct storage of vaccines?

It is the responsibility of the person transporting and administering vaccines to assure themselves that the vaccine has been stored between 2-8°C prior to administration. This includes staff administering vaccines to patients outside of the practice, for example in their own home/care home setting.

How often should Vaccine Fridge be checked?

Content of the vaccine fridge should be checked weekly. > Review of vaccine stock should be undertaken monthly. Guidance states that audit of stock and temperature management should be shared with the clinical commissioning group every three months.

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Can you store vaccines in a blood fridge?

Blood refrigerators are specifically designed to store blood products at a controlled temperature between +2°C and +6°C. This means that, if necessary, it is acceptable to store vaccines and blood products in the same refrigerator.

Which vaccines should not be frozen?

DPT, DT, dT, TT, Hepatitis B and typhoid contains such adjuvant and so can not be frozen. Lyophilized or powder type of vaccines do not freeze as they have no liquids in it and so storage in freezer compartment or lower shelves do not make difference.

How long do vaccines last in the 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.

How long can vaccines stay in fridge without power?

The TempArmour™ Refrigerator typically stays within temperature range for 6 days during a power outage or if accidentally unplugged; other vaccine refrigerators commonly go out of range within 1-2 hours.

When should a vaccine fridge thermometer be reset?

The vaccine fridge minimum /maximum thermometer should be reset after the temperatures have been recorded. The thermometer should also be reset after periods of high activity. Daily temperature recordings should be kept for a period of five years.

How often should the temperatures on the fridge and freezer be checked for vaccines?

Stabilizing Temperatures

Befoe using a unit for vaccine storage, the minimum and maximum temperatures each workday for two to seven days should be checked and recorded. If temperatures cannot be recorded digitally, they should be checked and recorded a minimum of two times each workday.

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