Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and the associated disruption this is causing across parts of Aotearoa.
This is the first update on cold chain for those affected by the impact of the cyclone and more advice will follow.
We describe two process flows for those affected by the cyclone depending on whether you have access to your site or not. Please do not attempt to access your clinic/pharmacy to check vaccine cold chain if it is not safe.
A. For those providers who are able to safely access their clinics/pharmacy and are wanting to know what do with your vaccines
If your power is still off or your fridge is not working:
B. If is not safe to access your clinic/pharmacy please do not try to do so
When it is safe to access your clinic/pharmacy, please download your datalogger. If there has been a breach, complete a cold chain breach form and contact your local immunisation coordinator for advice. Do not use or discard your vaccines until you have received advice from your immunisation coordinator or an IMAC advisor.
*If you are transporting your vaccine please ensure that all chilly bins are monitored during this time, as this information is required for a decision to be made about their use at a later date. All providers should have chilly bins, ice pack, insulation and monitoring equipment for transport.
If you are unable to contact your local immunisation coordinator please call IMAC on 0800 466 863.
More cold chain resources can be found here. Here is the cold chain temperature breach flow chart for your convenience.