COVID-19 Vaccine Handling and Storage Requirements

In working with practices to help them apply for available COVID-19 vaccination funding, CCHAP is receiving some consistent feedback from practices who have not yet applied to become COVID vaccine sites. Much of the confusion centers on the refrigeration requirements and the early “deep freeze” requirements for the Pfizer vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine does require very low temperature storage for transport and long-term storage. However, once the vaccine arrives in your office, it can be stored at normal freezer temperatures (between -13F and 5F) for two weeks and then in a refrigerator (between 36F and 46F) for an additional 31 days. A Digital Data Logger is also required.

If your practice is a VFC provider, your refrigerator/ freezer already meets this requirement, and your site visit is waived for purposes of becoming a COVID vaccine site. We have included some links to resources that provide additional clarification.
CCHAP is available to help support your practice through every step of the process that includes completing the application to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccine site; applying for funding to the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program; and assisting your practice with workflows to make your practice successful in administering COVID-19 vaccines.

We hope this information is helpful. We want to support your efforts to get shots in arms and help to end this pandemic!

Join CO Access on October 13th, at noon, for their next Provider Resource Group to discuss the logistics of providing COVID-19 vaccines in pediatrics.