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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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Given what the world is experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I suppose one could say there are benefits to growing up in a country which was always at war. I was a soldier as a volatile South Africa transitioned to democracy. Because of my experiences, I am called upon when change is about to happen in an industry, the future is uncertain, and energy and heavy lifting are in high demand. I know how to deliver in situations where there is chaos and no clear answers.

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Erich Hugo is a Senior Business Innovation Expert working in the IoT and Logistics industry. He has worked globally and the products and services that he has developed are commercial in over 160 countries.

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