Vaccine Storage


Vaccines immunology programs are among the most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. The success of these programs depends heavily upon the high immunization coverage of the target group and vaccine inventory management, including proper storage and handling of vaccines. This document is intended to assist all health care providers with how to properly store and handle provincially funded vaccines. Prior to storing vaccine, healthcare providers are required to understand and meet with the vaccine storage and handling requirements indicated in this document.


Vaccine in freezer: 
Varicella containing vaccines like MMRV, VAR, HZV must be stored in freezer until the time of administration.

Vaccine in Refrigerator:
Almost all routine vaccines must be stored in refrigerator

Vaccines with Light Sensitivity:
Certain vaccines that are light sensitive must be maintained under specific original conditions.

Vaccine Diluents:
Diluents must never be stored in freezer. Diluents that are packed seperately with vaccines must be stored at room temperature.

DO's and DON'T's of Vaccine Storage



A dedicated Vaccine fridge must be maintained
Electricity supply should be safeguarded
The capacity of the fridge must not be full more than 50% of it.
Vaccines must be neatly labelled and placed in clean containers
Vaccines must be grouped according to their type.
Backup facility for the fridge must be available
No food items or medical specimens must be stored
The fridge must not be placed near heat source or under direct sunlight
Vaccines must not be stored at PHC for more than one month
Storage of Vaccines on fridge doors, or other plastic trays of fridge must not be done
Vaccines should be placed inside refrigerator such that it is away from cold vents

To tell us more about vaccine storage and maintenance be a part of VACCINE DESIGN 2018