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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine shipping at extremely low temperatures has been in the news lately. But, such cold temperature shipping is really not new. Shipping and storing with dry ice and liquid nitrogen are the norm for some industries and products.

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Which COVID vaccine will you get?

The big debate taking place these days, around every watercooler and kitchen table, is whether or not to obtain the COVID vaccine. The other point of discussion, of course, is which vaccine individuals will receive.

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Monitoring vaccine temperature can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Separating the task into different components and answering two key questions makes it much easier. First, which vaccine do you need to monitor—Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson? Second, are you looking for a temperature monitoring product to use during the vaccine transport or during storage?

Of the three COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), the Pfizer vaccine requires the most extreme temperature conditions.

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In the world of monitoring coronavirus vaccines during storage and handling, there are three general temperature profiles. These profiles include refrigerated 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F), frozen -25°C to -15°C (-13°F to 5°F), and ultra-low temperature -80°C to -60°C (-112°F to -76°F). A data logger is used to provide complete monitoring and a record of temperatures of which vaccines have been exposed. The logger enables you to ensure that your vaccines’ potency is preserved and that they have not experienced any temperature excursions.

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When people think of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, one of the first thoughts or questions usually concerns the extremely low temperature requirements to maintain the vaccine’s potency. But, how can you really know if you’re doing a good job in preserving the vaccines’ potency?

Per the CDC temperature requirements, Pfizer vaccines will be shipped and arrive at a storage facility between -80°C and -60°C (-112°F to -76°F) in a thermal shipping container with dry ice.

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On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an “Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety.” In response to this executive order, on January 29th, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a guidance “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.” While this guidance has not yet become a requirement, OSHA is investigating an emergency standard that correlates with this new guidance.

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Temperature requirements for COVID-19 vaccines have been one of the most popular news topics over the last couple of months. But, how can you really know if you’re doing a good job in preserving the vaccines’ potency. Per the CDC temperature requirements, Moderna vaccines should be shipped and arrive at a storage facility between -25°C and -15°C (-13°F to 5°F) in a thermal shipping container.

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