Transporting Refrigerated Vaccines

If your company transports life-saving vaccines, you perform a vital and noble service for the community. You are also aware that it is extremely important that you protect those vaccines through transport so they do not become inert, destroyed or otherwise lose their potency. This typically means maintaining a cold chain for vaccines throughout the shipping process. Vaccines are often very sensitive to temperature, and even keeping a vaccine at room temperature for an extended amount of time could render it useless or even toxic.

Challenges of the Cold Chain

More than 90 percent of vaccines need to be in a temperature-controlled supply chain, which means they must stay below a certain temperature all the way from the time they leave the factory to the time the patient receives the vaccine. Naturally, this can be an extremely challenging problem because of all the steps the vaccine must take on that supply chain — first when it comes from the manufacturer to the distributor, then possibly to a vaccine clearing house, then to the hospital or doctor who will be delivering the vaccine and then to the patient.

Storing vaccines in a reliable cold transportation chamber from the beginning of the process is a great way to minimize the likelihood of temperature contamination of your vaccines. Such a container must be extremely reliable, with fail-safes in place to make sure it stays the proper temperature all throughout that supply chain.

Klinge Containers for Temperature Controlled Vaccine Transport

Klinge, a leader in safe container transportation for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, has three reliable container products for transporting refrigerated vaccines and transporting frozen vaccines.

For vaccines that require a temperature of 2 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius, we have the Dual Redundant Refrigeration Unit & Integral Genset (Model NMP-282). This container provides two full-capacity units for redundancy, each with their own thermostat and control unit, along with an integral generator that makes sure you always have power — even when external power is not available. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing your vaccines are fully protected from warehouse to final destination while in this container. A similar redundant system with integral generator set (Model NMR-262) is available for vaccines that require a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius to -25 degrees Celsius.

If your vaccines require even colder storage temperatures than -25 degrees Celsius, we also have our Dual Redundant Deep Freezer Container (Model NMF-372). This is another dual redundant refrigeration unit that keeps your vaccines even colder, from -40 degrees all the way down to -65 degrees Celsius. Once again, you have two completely independent units for redundancy, and the system is designed to defrost one system, then switch to that system after defrosting and back again to extend run time. It is optimized for remote monitoring and features a digital display with an easy-to-use Human Machine Interface (HMI).

Klinge has been delivering quality refrigeration units for more than 30 years and is the safer, responsible choice when it comes to transporting your sensitive vaccines. Contact us to request a quote on refrigerated vaccine containers or to speak with a specialist now.