Storage & Handling Checkup: Temperature Monitoring
Vaccines are temperature sensitive and must be stored in specific temperature ranges to preserve their viability. Vaccines that are exposed to out of range temperatures can lose potency, and people vaccinated with these vaccines will not get the protection they need.
To ensure that every dose of vaccine that is administered at your site is viable, it is critical to monitor unit temperatures in two ways:
- Digital Data Logger (DDL) – records temperatures, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Why? This provides documentation that every dose in your unit has been stored at the right temperature from the time you received it until it is administered to a patient.
- Paper Temperature Logs – records twice daily temperature checks.
- Why? This provides a chance to visually check the unit and ensure that the temperatures have not been out out range.
Check Up: Review, Evaluate, and Update!
Make sure that your clinic is recording, reporting and documenting your temperate data the right way.
1. Download and submit your DDL data and send it to our team every 28 days, when ordering vaccine or experiencing a temperature excursion.
2. Fill out the paper temperature log twice each clinic day. When filling out the paper log, always use the DDL as your reference.
Make sure you have the most up-to-date logs:Fridge Temperature Log (Fahrenheit)Freezer Temperature Log (Fahrenheit)Fridge Temperature Log (Celsius)Freezer Temperature Log (Celsius) 3. Keep your paper and DDL (electronic) temperature logs on file for 3 years for VFC and VFAAR providers and for 7 years for COVID providers. Our team will review your paper temperature logs during the next site visit to your clinic.
Have questions? Reach out to our team at TempCheck@phila.gov for assistance.