A light at the end of the COVID tunnel comes with distribution challenges. Each vaccination has its own set of management challenges, such as temperature needs and distribution issues. The use of digital data recorders to monitor temperature changes along the vaccine cold chain is vital to the vaccines’ effectiveness. Whether you are handling Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or other sensitive pharmaceutical products, you are going to need quality data loggers to keep a track of the temperature.

  1. Temperature Range and Accuracy

Temperature range and accuracy is the first thing to be considered while choosing a data logger. Determine the temperature range of the pharmaceutical product you are handling. For example, BioNtech-Pfizer vaccine should be stored in an ultralow temperature freezer between -80°C and -60°C (-112°F and -76°F.  For monitoring storage conditions for temperature-sensitive products, accuracy up to ±0.5 degrees can be trusted.

  1. Placement Of Data Logger

To ensure the ideal storage temperature, there are usually two data loggers used for each carton or container. One should be placed right next to the vaccine, and the second one outside the container. The one inside the box should be placed in the center of the vaccine stock. Ensure the vaccine stock and the temperature sensor are not in direct contact with the ice packs to minimize risk of freezing.

  1. Recalibration and Calibration Certificates

The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends sending your temperature monitoring devices and control sensors for calibration every one or two years. A proper calibration report proves the accuracy of a data logger by testing the instrument according to an internationally recognized standard for calibration and traceability. Purchase a data logger that has a calibration certificate.

Since every temperature monitoring equipment loses efficiency over time If you need support with your data logger and monitoring plans, please contact Labotec – we will be happy to guide you with your cold chain process and setup.