Since January, the Netherlands has started to vaccinate against the Covid19 virus. A vaccination strategy has been drawn up outlining when and with which the Covid19 vaccine is vaccinated. RIVM is responsible for coordinating the storage and distribution of the vaccines. This ensures, among other things, safe storage locations, transport and the correct distribution of the vaccines. Chain-wide protocols have been drawn up for each vaccine that must be complied with to guarantee the vaccines' viability. For example, some vaccines have to be transported and stored at a temperature of -80℃. And can only be kept for 4 days after thawing at a temperature of +2℃ - +8℃. The transport from the manufacturer and the central storage location's temperature conditions are guaranteed because this is centrally controlled. However, it seems that the responsibility for temperature assurance will subsequently be placed with the last links in the chain, such as pharmacists, hospitals, care institutions and vaccination posts. This means that these links themselves must provide the necessary protective equipment. In this article, we list a number of solutions that can specifically ensure that the vaccines' quality remains optimal, thus preventing waste.
What protective equipment is needed for vaccines?
Various cold chain solutions are available that offer protection during both storage and transport. Temperature loggers, track & trace, Thermo boxes and online temperature monitoring are some of these solutions where resources are available that are also explicitly intended for the storage and distribution of vaccines. It is essential only to use high-quality solutions that provide the protection required to ensure patient safety. These solutions are usually offered by renowned brands that often also have the correct certifications.
Online solutions for vaccine storage
To store vaccines on location, Praxas offers an online solution in which different refrigerators are monitored and logged from one location. Instead of manual registration or registration per refrigerator, all data can be managed centrally. When the temperature is outside the set margins, an alarm notification is sent to e-mail or telephone to take immediate action. It is also possible to register in the software what went wrong and what action was taken. The solution, LogTag Online (LTO), is suitable for small pharmacies to large hospitals.
Thermo boxes suitable for short-distance transport of vaccines
Temperature protocols must also be taken into account when transporting vaccines. Here, too, it is therefore vital to use the correct protective equipment. At the moment, we see a great demand for thermo boxes that are suitable for the short-distance transport of temperature-sensitive medication. The Thermo boxes offered by Praxas have a high insulation value and are validated for up to 72 hours at the required temperature, which can vary between + 2 ℃ - + 8 ℃ and -20 ℃. Besides, they are available in different sizes so that smaller numbers of vaccines can also be transported.
Visibility in the chain with track & trace
Real-time visibility in the last mile of vaccines. Why actually? Because the transport conditions say something about the quality of the vaccines. Knowing where the transport is located and what time it will arrive at the vaccination location provides insight and makes the processing process more efficient. Also, Praxas offers a track & trace system that measures temperature, shock and light in addition to location. Factors that can affect the workability of the vaccines. For example, we now know that corona vaccines were destroyed because they took too long to travel, according to the consignment note and had been shaken up too much (visible in the liquid). As a result, the operation was no longer guaranteed, and destruction seemed the only solution. With track & trace, these problems can be brought to light earlier, and waste can be prevented.
Temperature loggers WHO qualified
Measuring the temperature in which vaccines are stored or transported is done with temperature loggers. A wide variety of temperature loggers are available that are suitable for pharmaceutical transport. They provide insight into the temperature conditions so that the quality of vaccines can be guaranteed. Praxas offers temperature loggers of very high-quality brands that are already used in the pharmaceutical sector. For example, they are WHO / PQS and CDC / VFC qualified.
Optimal protection of the vaccines prevents unnecessary waste
Thus, a wide variety of solutions are available that can guarantee the quality of the vaccines. Insight into the chain is at least as necessary here as storing and transporting the vaccines at the correct temperature. The main goal is to deliver the vaccines to the patient safely. Safeguarding operation and, therefore, quality is of crucial importance.
Are you involved in the final stage of the vaccine cold chain? And do you want to know what you can do to ensure the safety of the vaccines? Then please contact us. We are happy to tell you which solution is most suitable for your specific situation.