Vaccine storage and handling
November 12, 2020
Are you storing your vaccines appropriately and retaining the required documentation?
Pharmacy licensees must review the Alberta Health - Alberta Vaccine Storage and Handling Policy for Provincially Funded Vaccine and share it with their pharmacy team members. Every pharmacy that stores publicly funded vaccine must have a designated vaccine controller and another staff member as a back-up. The designated person is responsible for ensuring vaccines are handled and stored correctly and that procedures are followed and documented. The vaccine controller must review the standards and audit the pharmacy to ensure the site’s handling equipment or practices are in accordance to the Alberta Health policy.
Pharmacy Licensees should be prepared to discuss their vaccine storage and handling policies and procedures with their ACP pharmacy practice consultant during the routine inspection of their pharmacy.
*This article was updated on December 18, 2020.