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 has recently issued new guidelines for vaccine storage units.
Effective July 1, 2009, all enrolled VFC providers will be expected to comply with the new requirements. All newly enrolled providers or providers who experience any vaccine loss due to failure of their current storage unit (regardless of volume) will be expected to comply with the new requirement effective September 1, 2008.
This Refrigerator Buying Guide describes what types of equipment are suitable.
All providers must comply with these requirements in order to receive VFC vaccines.
|Office Size||Required Equipment|
|Very High Volume
|Pharmacy-grade or biologic-grade refrigerator-only units and stand-alone freezer units|
|Refrigerator-only (16.7 cubic feet minimum) and stand-alone freezer units|
|Refrigerator-only (16.7 cubic feet minimum) and stand-alone freezer units
Pharmacy-grade or biologic-grade under the counter units.
Less than 500 doses/year
In addition to having compliant vaccine storage equipment, monitoring refrigerator and freezer temperature is important in preventing spoilage.
EZIZ Online Training
Take the Storing Vaccines lesson that features interactive exercises and job aids to help you learn how to set up your refrigerator and freezer properly.