Department of Veterans Affairs Releases Guidelines for Vaccine Storage
St. Helens, Oregon
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released updated guidelines for vaccine storage. These guidelines ensure the safety and efficacy of vaccines administered to our nation’s veterans. They developed these guidelines in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As well as the critical need to store and distribute vaccines properly.
The guidelines include recommendations for proper temperature control, monitoring, and handling of vaccines in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Incorrectly stored vaccines can lose potency, leading to a potential lack of desired protection against diseases.
“We take our responsibility to provide safe and effective vaccines to our veterans seriously,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “These guidelines will help ensure that vaccines are stored and handled properly to maintain their efficacy and protect our veterans’ health.”
The VA’s updated vaccine storage guidelines recommend storing vaccines in a dedicated, secure vaccine storage unit maintaining a temperature range between 2°C and 8°C (35.6°F and 46.4°F). Additionally, the guidelines advise continuous monitoring of vaccines using a digital data logger to track the temperature and ensure adherence to the recommended temperature range.
In addition, the guidelines provide detailed information on handling and transporting vaccines. Including steps to take in the event of a power outage or equipment failure. The VA will also ensure that all personnel involved in vaccine storage and handling receive proper training.
“These guidelines represent the VA’s commitment to ensuring the safety and efficacy of vaccines for our veterans,” said McDonough. “We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all veterans have access to the vaccines they need to stay healthy.”
For more information on the VA’s vaccine storage guidelines, please visit www.va.gov.
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