Vaccine storage and handling

Ottawa Public Health's Vaccine Distribution Room ensures that each facility in the city of Ottawa storing publicly funded vaccines follow appropriate storage and handling of vaccines. Ottawa Public Health staff conducts annual visits to each facility to ensure that the refrigerators are maintained at the appropriate temperature and that facility staff record these temperatures on an ongoing basis.

What is "Cold Chain" and why is it important?

Cold chain is the maintenance of vaccines at the appropriate temperature range of + 2 ºC to + 8 ºC from the time the vaccines are manufactured until they are given to a patient.

Cold chain is important because vaccines are sensitive biological substances that can lose their strength and effectiveness if they are exposed to heat and/or direct sunlight. Freezing damages most vaccines. Exposed vaccines can result in a reduced immune response and/or increased local reactions. The loss of vaccine potency cannot be reversed.

Contact Us