COVID-19 Vaccine Program-Transport Guidance to an Off-Site Clinic

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Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Transport Guidance for Moderna Product to an Off-Site Clinic

Moderna recommends that the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine should be stored and transported in the frozen state at -25°C to -15°C (- 13°F to 5°F) and should not be transported or stored below -40°C (-40°F). There may be circumstances in which frozen state transport is not feasible. In order to transport the vaccine at 2-8°C the following steps must be taken:

  • Vaccine must be monitored at all times with a digital data logger
  • Vaccine must be transported using a portable vaccine refrigerator/freezer or qualified container and pack-out
  • Vaccine cartons and vials should be wrapped in bubble wrap or similar padding material inside the container to minimize product/carton movement and exposure to vibrations during transport
  • Transport vaccines inside the passenger compartment (not in the trunk or bed of a truck, which may be too hot or too cold)
  • Transport containers must be secured (strapped/braced) when being transported to prevent unnecessary movement
  • Vaccine should only be transported once and should not be transported back again to the point of origin or to a new location
  • Punctured vials should not be transported

Total transport time of the vaccine should not exceed 12 hours. Maximum time limits are outlined below:

  • Transport while walking or using hand cart: 1 hour
  • Vehicle transport: 12 hours
  • Airplane transport (rotary wing aircraft not allowed): 3 hours

Providers must report all temperature excursions (any out-of-range temperatures) to the WI COVID-19 Program within 24 hours at DHSCOVIDVACCINATOR@WI.GOV.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine storage and handling, please see CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Handling Addendum in the CDC: Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit.