The right vaccine storage unit protects the safety and effectiveness of your vaccines

Don't compromise when it comes to protecting your vaccine supply. Thermo Scientific high-performance refrigerators and freezers are designed for temperature-sensitive material such as vaccines. Unlike household and commercial-grade models, our high-performance refrigerators and freezers have a time- and temperature-sensitive defrost to keep vaccines within their required temperature range. They also feature precise temperature regulation, as well as lockable or password-protected doors for security.

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Vaccine storage guidelines and temperatures

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the following guidelines and recommendations for proper vaccine storage.*

Storage units (refrigerators and freezers):

Refrigerators and freezers typically used for vaccine storage are available in different grades (household and purpose-built) and types (stand-alone and combination refrigerator/freezer)

Purpose-built units are sometimes referred to as “pharmaceutical grade” and are designed specifically for storage of biologics. These units often have:

  • Microprocessor-based temperature control with a digital temperature sensor (thermocouple, resistance temperature detector [RTD], or thermistor)
  • Fan-forced air circulation, with powerful fans or multiple cool air vents inside the unit that promote uniform temperature and fast temperature recovery
CDC makes the following recommendations for vaccine storage units:
  • Use purpose-built units designed to either refrigerate or freeze (can be compact, under-the-counter-style or large units)

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Proper temperatures for vaccine storage (Refer to the CDC for the most current vaccine list.)

Vaccines to store in a refrigerator:

DT
DTaP
DTaP/HebB/IPV
DTap/IPV
DTap/IPV/Hib
H1N1
HBIG
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A/B
Hib
Influenza
IPV
MMR
MCV4PCV
Pneumococcal

TT
Rotavirus
Td
DTaP/Hib
Tdap
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B/HIB
HPV
TIV
MR
MPSV4
MenACWY-D
MenACWY-CRM
MenB-4C
MenB-FHbp
PPV

  • No exposure to freezing termperatures
  • Store at temperatures between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F)
  • Keep thermostat set at mid-range to achieve a temperature of about 5°C (40°F), which will decrease the likelihood of temperature excursions

Vaccines to store in a freezer:

HZV
Varicella

MMRV
MMR

  • Store in the freezer maintaining temperatures between –50°C and –15°C (–58°F and +5°F) 
  • Keep the thermostat at the factory-set or mid-point temperature setting to assure appropriate frozen storage temperatures

*Vaccine & Storage Handling Toolkit, pages 13–14. US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control. June 2016.


Choose a vaccine refrigerator

First calculate your vaccine dose requirements to understand your storage needs for your vaccine refrigerator. In the calculator below, simply enter the number of doses from your last order form to determine your maximum doses.

Influenza vaccine
Private vaccine
H1N1 vaccine
Total doses=
Maximum doses*=


*Maximum doses equals the total number of doses times 1.25

 

TSX undercounter
refrigerator

GP undercounter
refrigerator

  TSX vaccine refrigerator GP undercounter vaccine refrigerator
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Description
  • Holds up to 495 vaccine boxes
  • No compressor: operates on energy-efficient dual-refrigeration
  • Extremely quiet at just 35 dBA
  • Excellent temperature stability
  • Hospital-grade plug
  • Meets JCAHO guidelines
Max doses 100–399 100–399
Style Undercounter Undercounter
Exterior dimensions 
(DxWxH)
26 x 23.6 x 31.8 in.
(66 x 60 x 81cm)
24.1 x 24 x 34.7 in.
(61.3 x 61 x 86.7cm)
Interior storage capacity 5.5 cu. ft. (156L) 5.4 cu. ft. (153L)
Shelves/drawers 3 shelves 2 shelves
Door security Password protected Key lock
Setpoint interface Touchscreen Digital
Weight 155 lbs (70kg) 210 lbs (95kg)
  Revco RGL1204
refrigerator

TSX pharmacy
refrigerator
Revco REL4504
refrigerator
  Revco large vaccine refrigerator RGL1204 TSX pharmacy refrigerator Revco large vaccine refrigerator REL4504
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Description
  • Space-saver, upright cabinet design
  • Icon-based microprocessor control
  • Key operated control and door lock
  • ENERGY STAR® certified
  • Convenient sliding drawer baskets
  • Quiet operation
  • Lockable, sliding glass door
  • Ideal for large-dose situations
Max doses 400–700 701–900 901–2,000
Style Upright single door Upright single door Upright sliding 2-door
Exterior dimensions (DxWxH) 29.3 x 24 x 73.6 in.
(74.3 x 61 x 186.9cm)
37 x 28 x 78.6 in.
(94 x 71.1 x 199.6cm)
34.5 x 56.6 x 79.1 in.
(87.6 x 143.5 x 201cm)
Interior storage capacity 11.5 cu. ft. (326L) 23 cu. ft. (650L) 45.8 cu. ft. (1297L)
Shelves/drawers 4 shelves 6 wire basket drawers 8 shelves
Door security Key lock Key lock Key lock
Setpoint interface Microprocessor Microprocessor Microprocessor
Weight 280 lbs. (127kg) 490 lbs. (222kg) 670 lbs. (304kg)
 

TSX undercounter
refrigerator

GP undercounter
refrigerator

  TSX vaccine refrigerator GP undercounter vaccine refrigerator
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Description
  • Holds up to 495 vaccine boxes
  • No compressor: operates on energy-efficient dual-refrigeration
  • Extremely quiet at just 35 dBA
  • Excellent temperature stability
  • Hospital-grade plug
  • Meets JCAHO guidelines
Max doses 100–399 100–399
Style Undercounter Undercounter
Exterior dimensions 
(DxWxH)
26 x 23.6 x 31.8 in.
(66 x 60 x 81cm)
24.1 x 24 x 34.7 in.
(61.3 x 61 x 86.7cm)
Interior storage capacity 5.5 cu. ft. (156L) 5.4 cu. ft. (153L)
Shelves/drawers 3 shelves 2 shelves
Door security Password protected Key lock
Setpoint interface Touchscreen Digital
Weight 155 lbs (70kg) 210 lbs (95kg)
  Revco RGL1204
refrigerator

TSX pharmacy
refrigerator
Revco REL4504
refrigerator
  Revco large vaccine refrigerator RGL1204 TSX pharmacy refrigerator Revco large vaccine refrigerator REL4504
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Description
  • Space-saver, upright cabinet design
  • Icon-based microprocessor control
  • Key operated control and door lock
  • ENERGY STAR® certified
  • Convenient sliding drawer baskets
  • Quiet operation
  • Lockable, sliding glass door
  • Ideal for large-dose situations
Max doses 400–700 701–900 901–2,000
Style Upright single door Upright single door Upright sliding 2-door
Exterior dimensions (DxWxH) 29.3 x 24 x 73.6 in.
(74.3 x 61 x 186.9cm)
37 x 28 x 78.6 in.
(94 x 71.1 x 199.6cm)
34.5 x 56.6 x 79.1 in.
(87.6 x 143.5 x 201cm)
Interior storage capacity 11.5 cu. ft. (326L) 23 cu. ft. (650L) 45.8 cu. ft. (1297L)
Shelves/drawers 4 shelves 6 wire basket drawers 8 shelves
Door security Key lock Key lock Key lock
Setpoint interface Microprocessor Microprocessor Microprocessor
Weight 280 lbs. (127kg) 490 lbs. (222kg) 670 lbs. (304kg)

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Choose a vaccine freezer

First calculate your vaccine dose requirements to understand your storage needs for your vaccine freezer. In the calculator below, simply enter the number of doses from your last order form to determine your maximum doses.

Private MMR
Varicella vaccine
Total doses=
Maximum doses*=


*Maximum doses equals the total number of doses times 1.25

 

GPF countertop
–20°C freezer

Revco –30°C high performance freezer

TSX –30°C
auto-defrost freezer

  GPF vaccine freezer Revco vaccine freezer TSX vaccine freezer
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Description
  • Convenient, countertop size
  • Quiet operation at less than 40 dBA
  • Reversable door
  • Temperature factory pre-set at –30°C
  • Icon based control and display
  • Key-operated microprocessor for setpoint security
  • Easy-to-use microprocessor control
  • Time and temperature-sensitive defrost
  • Compliant with U.S. EPA SNAP guidelines
Max doses 0–200 100–399 201–6,000
Style Undercounter Undercounter Upright single door
Exterior dimensions 
(DxWxH)
19.7 x 18.7 x 20.8 in
(50 x 47.5 x 52.8cm)
28.9 x 24 x 24 in
(73.4 x 61 x 61cm)
37.5 x 28 x 78.6 in
(95.3 x 711 x 199.6cm)
Interior storage capacity 1.13 cu. ft. (32L) 4.9 cu. ft. (139L) 23 cu. ft. (650L)
Shelves/drawers 1 shelf 3 shelves 4 shelves
Door security Key lock Key lock Key lock
Setpoint interface Digital Microprocessor Microprocessor
Weight 44 lbs (20kg) 212 lbs (96kg) 388 lbs (176kg)

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Wireless monitoring and data logging for vaccine storage

The CDC also recommends the use of a continuous monitoring and recording digital data logger (DDL) to provide the most accurate storage unit temperature information. An accurate temperature history and continuous monitoring of temperatures is critical to protecting your vaccines, and every vaccine storage unit should have its own temperature monitoring device. A dependable data logger is less expensive than replacing wasted vaccines.**

Smart-Vue wireless monitoring system ›

Effectively and efficiently measure and log performance data in multiple refrigerators and freezers, simultaneously. A Smart-Vue wireless monitoring system also notifies users remotely in the event of a power or mechanical failure which could threaten vaccine storage protection.

Smart-Tracker wireless datalogger ›

Bring temperature tracking right to your smartphone to ensure the cold chain has been preserved during transport or storage. View complete temperature readings and history with the Smart-Tracker mobile app.

**Vaccine & Storage Handling Toolkit, pages 15-17. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control. June 2016.

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Which plug type do I need?

  Standard Plug Type Voltage Hz
NEMA 5-15 115–120 60
NEMA 5-20 115–120 60
NEMA 6-15 208–230 60
Continental EU
230 50

Alternative plugs and cords are available to meet your special needs. Learn more ›

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