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Pfizer and BioNTech and Moderna recently announced that the COVID-19 vaccines each organization has been developing are more than 90% effective – with potential for release within a matter of months. Each of these COVID-19 vaccines is required to comply with specific freezer storage unit temperatures. The Moderna vaccine needs to be stored at -20°C while the Pfizer vaccine’s required freezer storage is -70°C. Luckily, Process Measurement Company has experience calibrating ultra-low temperature freezer units within the medical device industry. COVID-19 vaccine storage calibration services ensure that the freezers are calibrated in compliance with the new requirements.

Vaccine Freezer Storage Requirements

Most vaccine storage freezers are required to be between -50°C and -15°C. Moderna’s requirements state that the vaccine storage temperature should be -20°C and Pfizer’s vaccine storage requirements are at an ultra cold temperature of -70°C. While most medical facilities already have vaccine storage units, these units will likely need to be re-calibrated to ensure that the new temperature requirements are met and maintained.

Companies can rely on PMCs calibration services to certify their vaccine storage units appropriately to get our communities back to normal as quickly as possible. PMCs calibration methods allow us to calibrate accurately down to -196°C which includes many cryogenic and LN2 applications.

Monitoring & Calibrating Medical Storage Units

Additionally, the use of a digital data logger or a device that continuously records the temperature inside of the unit is required by the Vaccines for Children (VFC) and recommended by the CDC. Like any equipment, it needs to be calibrated based on the manufacturer’s recommended intervals. These interval requirements are generally on an annual or biannual basis in order to ensure accuracy. PMC calibrates this equipment and provides the accredited calibration certificate required.

Accredited Calibration Lab Practicing COVID-19 Guidelines

As a trusted ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration lab, the safety of our employees and customers remains our top priority during this difficult time. To ensure the in-house and onsite PMC calibration services can be done safely, we have committed to following all recommended CDC and WHO guidelines. Learn more about PMC’s safety promise.

In addition to calibrating, repairing, and certifying medical device equipment, PMC offers a wide variety of equipment calibration services including electrical, dimensional, mechanical, and physical instrumentation. Please reach out to a member of our calibration team for quick, expert assistance or to request a quote for vaccine storage calibration.