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How long should we monitor the temperature in a new refrigerator before storing vaccines in it?

It may take 2 to 7 days to stabilize the temperature in a newly installed or repaired refrigerator or 2 to 3 days for a freezer. Before using a unit for vaccine storage, check and record the minimum and maximum temperatures each workday for two to seven days. If temperatures cannot be recorded using a continuous digital data logger, check and record temperatures a minimum of two times each workday. Once you have two consecutive days of temperatures recorded within the recommended range, your unit is stable and ready for use. Recommended temperatures are between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F) for the refrigerator and between -50°C and -15°C (-58°F and +5°F) for the freezer.

Last reviewed: July 26, 2023

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