Department of Health

Key messages

The National vaccine storage guidelines - Strive for 5External Link , 3rd edition, provides best practice guidance for vaccine cold chain management.

Strive for 5 applies to all health services, including medical practices, large hospitals, clinics, mobile services and outreach providers.

Cold chain is the system of transporting and storing vaccine within the range of +2°C to +8°C (strive for +5°C: the midway point).

A cold chain breach is the exposure of vaccines to light or temperature outside the recommended range of +2°C to +8°C, excluding fluctuations up to +12°C lasting less than 15 minutes.

All cold chain breaches must be reported to the Victorian Department of Health.

Refer to Transporting, storing and handling for all COVID-19 vaccinesExternal Link on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Refer to COVID-19 Cold Chain Breach (CCB) reporting formExternal Link for all COVID-19 vaccine CCBs on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Cold Chain eLearning modulesExternal Link have been developed to strengthen cold chain management and compliance with the Strive for 5.

Reviewed 11 January 2024


Contact details

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Immunisation Unit Department of Health

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