Strive for 5 applies to all health services, including:
- medical practices
- large hospitals
- mobile services
- outreach providers.
Additionally, all health services need to establish a written vaccine management protocol and conduct annual vaccine storage self-audits.
Automated temperature monitoring and back-to-base alarm systems
All health services, including medical practices, large hospitals, clinics, mobile services and outreach providers using automated temperature monitoring and back-to-base alarm systems for monitoring vaccine refrigerators are required to follow Strive for 5.
Vaccine management protocol
Health services must ensure there are written policies and procedures for vaccine management and to record equipment maintenance, vaccine transport and staff education.
Vaccine storage self audit
A vaccine storage self audit must be completed every 12 months and more frequently where there have been problems with:
- equipment or
- cold chain breaches.
Managing a power failure
Power failures occur for many reasons. How a power failure is managed in your health service may depend on the cause of the power outage, whether prior notice was given and the time of day the outage occurs.
In the event of a power outage or refrigerator failure, ensure you have:
- a back-up plan available and staff are trained to manage power failures
- alternative vaccine storage options
- a portable minimum/maximum digital thermometer.
Mobile and emergency storage
For outreach and mobile immunisation clinics, or emergency storage, vaccines should be packed into a cooler and monitored while contained within a cooler.
Purpose-built vaccine refrigerators do not have freezer compartments. An additional refrigerator with a freezer section will be required for storing ice packs and gel packs for use in an emergency or when packing a cooler for transport.
Cold chain resources
Reviewed 31 August 2023