Cold chain management

A cold chain breach occurs when vaccine temperatures are outside +2 to +8 °C during vaccine storage or transport.

As a condition to receive government-funded vaccines, the cold chain management protocol must be followed in accordance with the National Vaccine Storage Guidelines – Strive for 5 (external site) for transporting and storing vaccines.

Providers must advise their WA Health public health unit (Healthy WA) when a cold chain breach occurs or to seek thermal stability advice for other incidents where government-funded vaccines are involved.

Cold chain breach and wastage reporting

Providers should follow the WA cold chain protocol (PDF 60KB) then use the process outlined within the specific form from the table below, to report the incident or wastage.

Incident type Reporting process
CCB Cold Chain Breach and Vaccine Wastage Form (PDF 127KB)
Expiry (Influenza vaccines)* Influenza Vaccine Expiry Report Form (Government-Funded Vaccines only) (external site)
Expiry (non-influenza vaccines) Cold Chain Breach and Vaccine Wastage Form (PDF 127KB)

*Pharmacist-Administered Influenza Vaccination Program for Older Adults, Fluad® Quad is the only product distributed that requires reporting.

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Last reviewed: 07-12-2020
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