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Frequently Asked Questions

Storage & Handling

 Temperature Monitoring Requirements

A number of new federal VFC Program participation requirements, including those related to thermometers, thermometer calibration, and temperature monitoring, went into effect January 1, 2013.

Storage Equipment Requirements

VFC Providers receive vaccine at no cost to them. However, the vaccines they receive are purchased with millions of tax payers’ dollars. To reduce waste and spoilage of expensive vaccines, the California VFC program issued guidelines for vaccine storage units.

All providers must comply with these requirements in order to receive VFC vaccines.

Office Size Required Equipment
Very High Volume
10,000
doses/year
Pharmacy-grade or biologic-grade refrigerator-only units and stand-alone freezer units
High Volume
2,000-10,000 doses/year
Refrigerator-only (16.7 cubic feet minimum) and stand-alone freezer units
Medium Volume
500-2,000 doses/year
Refrigerator-only (16.7 cubic feet minimum) and stand-alone freezer units
OR
Pharmacy-grade or biologic-grade under the counter units.
Low Volume
Less than 500 doses/year

If your office is considering replacement of your current vaccine storage unit, refer to the requirements and check with your local VFC Field Representative prior to making your purchase.