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This procedure describes the process of unpacking and storing frozen COVID-19 Pfizer (COMIRNATY™) vaccine in an ultra-low temperature freezer. The nature of this vaccine requires it to be kept at extremely low temperatures during shipment and storage after it arrives. To achieve this, the multiple dose vials of the frozen vaccine are shipped in insulated thermal shipping containers containing dry ice. This allows the vaccine to remain frozen at this low temperature.
Unpacking of COVID-19 Pfizer (COMIRNATY™) vaccine from shippers containing dry ice (carbon dioxide) and storage in ultra-low temperature freezers, and safe disposal of the dry ice.
2mL type 1 glass preservative free
Single tray holds 195 vials
Holds a minimum of 1 tray, and maximum of 5 trays
A single dose of COMIRNATY™ once diluted and drawn up is 0.3mL
Payload carton submerged in dry ice pellets
5 doses per vial using standard stock needles and syringes
975 doses using standard stock needles and syringes
Thermal shipper keeps ULT -900C to -600C for up to 10 days if stored at 150C to 250C without opening
6 doses per vial using low dead space needles and syringes (when available)
1,170 doses using low dead space needles and syringes (when available)
Do not open the
thermal shipper more than 2 times a day and do not open for more than
3 minutes at a time
Remember, do not open the vial trays or remove vials until you are ready for thawing or use.