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.
The CDC recommends two options for storing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. First, the vaccines may be stored in a freezer between -25°C and -15°C (-13°F and 5°F) up to the expiration date. The vaccine vials should be kept in their box, and then placed into the storage unit. The second storage option is in a refrigerator between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F) for up to 30 days prior to its first use.
In order to monitor temperature thresholds during Moderna vaccine shipping and storage, data loggers and thermometers built for these conditions are required. A brief examination of logger and thermometer specifications will reveal that not all loggers are designed for temperature monitoring in these conditions. DeltaTrak has released customized vaccine temperature monitoring solutions that meet the Moderna temperature profile required for transport, storage and handling of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines. These loggers will help provide the best monitoring available to ensure that you are preserving the vaccines’ potency by transporting and storing at the required temperatures.
What are some of the key considerations in choosing the best logger for monitoring your Moderna COVID-19 vaccines? First, the logger must be able to work well between -25°C and -15°C (-13°F to 5°F) for vaccines in transit and when the vaccines are stored in a freezer. Next, do you need a logger or thermometer? Is the monitoring product for transport or storage? Does it matter if you have a 2-year ISO 17025 Calibration Certificate? Are the loggers compatible with CDC or WHO Guidelines? Does it matter if the data loggers have large LED screens or built-in alarms? What are your software requirements? DeltaTrak’s solutions should help to answer these questions. You can also watch the news video on "How Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine distribution will be different than Pfizer's."