Clearly written, detailed and up-to-date storage and handling standard operating procedures will help your facility stay organized and serve as a reference and training tool to ensure proper vaccine management. At a minimum, Vaccines for Children (VFC) Providers are required to complete, sign and date this document annually or when there is a change to the plan. The storage and handling procedures should include protocols that are utilized by the clinic staff for routine and emergency storage and handling.
The helpful Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (PDF) resource provides best practices related to vaccine storage and handling based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), product information from vaccine manufacturers, and scientific studies. If you have any questions related to vaccine storage and handling, email the CDC.