Recently FDA has approved Pfizer-BioNTech requests to allow their COVID- 19 vaccine to be given to kids ages 12 to 15 on an emergency basis which will allow middle school students to be vaccinated before the fall. This was only possible after a series of many clinical trials. Gradually more and more people are now been able to be vaccinated. To that note, Pfizer-BioNTech storage and handling summary emphasizes the importance of proper storage and handling to guarantee the vaccine’s potency.
According to the summary, there are different temperatures to follow depending on each storage unit. In case of a freezer, the vaccines should be stored between -25°C and -15°C (-13°F to 5°F) for up two weeks before mixing them, in case of a refrigerator the vaccines should be stored between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F) for up to 120 hours (5 days)，and it is used an ultra cold freezer, -80°C and -60°C (-112°F and -76°F)
In the summary, they also highlight the importance of regularly, check, and record at the beginning of the workday to determine if any temperature excursions have occurred since the last temperature check, when using an ultra-cold freezer, freezer, refrigerator: Storage unit temperatures must be monitored. For accurate temperature monitoring, use a digital data logger (DDL) with a detachable probe that best reflects vaccine temperatures.
Many of our customers count on the RCW- 360 GLE data logger to monitor their vaccines. The model attends to all FDA requirements and has a measurement range of -40℃~+80℃ with an additional WiFi feature. Simple and convenient tool to make transportation and storage a smooth process.
For more information about Elitech's Data Loggers with external glycol probe, please refer to the items below:
1 external buffered temperature sensor probe with glycol vial attached(3 meters) and 1 external temperature-humidity combined sensor probe(2 meters).