The Coronavirus vaccine information below in regards to shipping and storing conditions. CDC recommends using the thermal shipping container for temporary storage only. The coronavirus vaccine container requires significant support to store vaccine at proper temperatures, including trained staff, a regular supply of dry ice, and standard operating procedures for regular maintenance.
Use the Controlant temperature monitoring device (TMD), included with the thermal shipping container, to monitor the temperature.
- Press and hold the “Stop Shipment” button on the TMD for 5 seconds.
- This triggers an e-mail report from the manufacturer on the temperature status of the container during transit. The report will be sent to the provider (facility) e-mail address associated with the order.
- Up to 4 contacts can be identified to receive e-mails and text alerts on the temperature status of the container.
- Review daily e-mails on the status of the container.
- Save the final e-mail (full summary of status reports).
After delivery, replenish dry ice pellets (10 mm to 16 mm) within the first 24 hours and every 5 days thereafter. Follow the manufacturer’s guidance for adding dry ice.
- Dry ice will be sent for the first re-icing.
- Additional dry ice shipments will NOT be provided. You will have to arrange for dry ice to maintain the temperature of the container after the first re-ice.
Information of Removing Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccine vials/doses for use:
- Determine the number of vials needed before opening the thermal shipping container.
- Open the thermal shipping container no more than 2 times per day for up to 3 minutes each time. Use packaging tape to reseal the outer carton after each entry.
Finally, store vaccine vials upright in the tray and protect from light.