Storage and Handling of the Vaccine

SWIRL , But Don't Shake it

The Storage and Handling of the Vaccine is critical to your health!  Be aware of how your dose is handled before injection.

Storage and Handling

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine multiple-dose vials are stored frozen between -25º to -15ºC (-13º to 5ºF). Store in the original carton to protect from light. Additional Storage Information Not Displayed on the Vial Labels and Cartons.
Do not store on dry ice or below -40ºC (-40ºF). Vials can be stored refrigerated between 2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F) for up to 30 days prior to first use. Unpunctured vials may be stored between 8° to 25°C (46° to 77°F) for up to 12 hours. Do not refreeze once thawed.  Storage After First Puncture of the Vaccine Vial: After the first dose has been withdrawn, the vial should be held between 2° to 25°C (36° to 77°F). Discard vial after 6 hours. Do not refreeze.

Dosing and Schedule: The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is administered intramuscularly as a series of two doses (0.5 mL each) 1 month apart.   After the first dose has been withdrawn, the vial should be held between 2° to 25°C (36° to 77°F). Record the date and time of first use on the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine vial label. Discard vial after 6 hours.   Do not refreeze.

There are no data available on the interchangeability of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine with other COVID-19 vaccines to complete the vaccination series. Individuals who have received one dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine should receive a second dose of the Moderna COVID19 Vaccine to complete the vaccination series.

Dose Preparation:  The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine multiple-dose vial contains a frozen suspension that does not contain a preservative and must be thawed prior to administration.  Remove the required number of vial(s) from storage and thaw each vial before use.  Thaw in refrigerated conditions between 2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F) for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

After thawing, let vial stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before administering. Alternatively, thaw at room temperature between 15° to 25°C (59° to 77°F) for 1 hour.
After thawing, do not refreeze. Swirl vial gently after thawing and between each withdrawal. Do not shake. Do not dilute the vaccine. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is a white to off-white suspension. It may contain white or translucent product-related particulates.

Visually inspect the Moderna COVID19 Vaccine vials for other particulate matter and/or discoloration prior to administration.  Revised: 12/2020 3 If either of these conditions exists, the vaccine should not be administered.

Adverse Reactions:
Adverse reactions reported in a clinical trial following administration of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine include:  pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, myalgia, arthralgia, chills, nausea/vomiting, axillary swelling/tenderness, fever, swelling at the injection site, and erythema at the injection site.

Information Reference: https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua

 

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Pam Batey

Moved to Tanglewood in August 2016, with husband, Steve and dog, Maggie. Retired Paramedic, now continuing my hobby writing short stories and information in the "You and Your Health" Section of the newsletter. Active Member of Tanglewood Community Church.