With spring temperatures rising and the heat of summer months approaching, the Gold Coast is anticipating thunderstorms and the consequent risk of power failures.
Vaccine service providers must be prepared to avoid loss of vaccines. If your vaccine refrigerator loses power, your vaccines may need to be urgently transferred into alternative storage, such as a hard sided cooler. Lack of preparedness for storm season could have an impact on the vaccine services at your Medical Centre.
Refer to the National Vaccine Storage Guidelines – Section 8: Managing a power failure and National vaccine storage guidelines – Strive for 5, Appendix 9 (health.gov.au) checklist to review your processes and be ready for any emergency.
NOW is the time to prepare for the storm season! Ensure you:
|REPORT ALL TEMPERATURE INCURSIONS (*) TO:
Queensland Health Immunisation Program
|COLD CHAIN BREACHES ARE MANAGED BY:
Gold Coast Public Health Unit
Phone: (07) 5667 3200
(*) This does not include temperature deviations or excursions in which the temperature reaches a maximum of up to +12°C for 15 minutes or less.