Checklist for Safe Vaccine Handling and Storage
Here are the 20 most important things you can do to safeguard your vaccine supply. Are you doing them all?
Reviewing this list can help you improve your clinic’s vaccine management practices.
_____ 1. We have a designated person in charge of the handling and storage of our vaccines.
_____ 2. We have a back-up person in charge of the handling and storage of our vaccines.
_____ 3. A vaccine inventory log is maintained that documents:
______ Vaccine name and number of doses received
______ Date the vaccine was received
______ Arrival condition of vaccine
______ Vaccine manufacturer and lot number
______ Vaccine expiration date
_____ 4. Our refrigerator for vaccines is either household-style or commercial-style, NOT
dormitory-style. The freezer compartment has a separate exterior door. Alternatively, we
use two storage units: a free-standing refrigerator and a separate, free-standing freezer.
_____ 5. We do NOT store any food or drink in the refrigerator or freezer.
_____ 6. We store vaccines in the middle of the refrigerator or freezer, and NOT in the door.
_____ 7. We stock and rotate our vaccine supply so that the newest vaccine of each type (with the
longest expiration date) is placed behind the vaccine with the shortest expiration date.
_____ 8. We check vaccine expiration dates and we first use those that will expire soonest.
_____ 9. We post a sign on the refrigerator door showing which vaccines should be stored in the
refrigerator and which should be stored in the freezer.
_____ 10. We always keep a thermometer in the refrigerator.
_____ 11. The temperature in the refrigerator is maintained at 35–46ºF (2–8ºC).
_____ 12. We keep extra containers of water in the refrigerator to help maintain cold temperatures.
_____ 13. We always keep a thermometer in th