Department of Health

Cold chain management

Key messages

  • For all COVID-19 vaccine cold chain breach information and action, see the Victorian COVID-19 vaccination guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Cold chain breaches must be managed as soon as possible.
  • The National vaccine storage guidelines: Strive for 5 applies best practice.
  • Watch the short, animated MVEC video (3:38) - Journey of the cold chain, What is the cold chain? for staff to understand the importance of cold chain and their responsibilities.

Reviewed 22 March 2022

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Contact details

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Immunisation Unit Department of Health

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