Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

WHO/V&B/02.34

Guideline for establishing or improving primary and intermediate vaccine stores

The document gives a comprehensive guidance to national EPI system workers with the choice of store location, choice of refrigeration equipment, site and building selection, space planning and equipment procurement. The document discusses the issues to be considered when planning a distribution system, how to estimate vaccine storage needs, covers the selection of suitable refrigeration equipment, discusses space planning within the vaccine store, including the space required for storage of injection and waste disposal equipment and the layout of ancillary spaces such as the vaccine packing area and the storekeeper's office, lists the key factors affecting the selection of a suitable store site, discusses power supply, building standards and covers the management of the procurement process.

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