Managing vaccines during a power failure

Power failures may occur for many reasons including weather and network events, now is a good time to check and review your vaccine back-up management plan.

All staff involved in the monitoring or administration of COVID-19 vaccines should practice implementing this plan, including: 

  • ensuring suitable equipment is available and regularly checked, including temperature monitoring equipment, coolers, ice/gel packs and insulating material 

  • practicing packing vaccines into alternative storage 

  • know where and how to move vaccines to an alternate monitored vaccine fridge. 

Always refer to the Strive for 5 Department of Health guidelines Section 8 for the recommended best practice if the power goes off during and after business hours. All Jurisdictional policies and procedures must also be followed. 

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