Date: March 19, 2018

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Health-Care Providers: Vaccines

This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:27 AM

Role of Public Health in Vaccine Release

The Vaccine Storage and Handling Protocol under the Ontario Public Health Standards, issued under the authority of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, requires public health units to:

  • Respond to all cold chain incidents
  • Inspect health-care provider sites, at least once per year, where provincially-funded vaccines are stored

The purpose of cold chain incident and routine (annual) inspections is to:

  • Ensure proper management of vaccine inventories 
  • Reduce waste of provincially-funded vaccine 
  • Promote vaccine safety and effectiveness
For questions about vaccine orders or pickup call 519-383-8331 ext. 3558 or toll free 1-800-667-1839.

Vaccine Order Procedures

Health-care providers can download and print the vaccine order form (PDF) here.

  • Orders can be faxed to Lambton Public Health at 519-383-7092. The temperature log, with temperature readings for last 7 days, must be attached.
  • Once required paperwork is submitted, allow 48 hours (2 business days) for the order to be filled. 
  • Orders can be picked up Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lambton Public Health, 160 Exmouth St., Point Edward.
  • *Orders for Menactra, Quadracel and HPV must be ordered on the special vaccine order form (PDF)

Procedures for Vaccine Pickup

• Lambton Public Health provides vaccine delivery agents with a proper cooler, 2 ice blankets, 4 blue ice packs and a digital max-min thermometer. These items are required for vaccine release.
• The temperature of the cooler must be between +2°C and +8°C for a vaccine order to be released.
• The Ontario Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines provide detailed instruction on how to pack an insulated cooler.
• Lambton Public Health will hold orders for a maximum of 2 weeks. If an order is not picked up within this time period, it will be placed back into our general inventory.

Vaccine Return

Vaccine should be returned to Lambton Public Health if:
• The vaccine has expired, been exposed, or needs to be disposed properly.
• Your office has a cold chain break or exposure. Call Lambton Public Health before returning the vaccine.

How to Return Vaccine

  • Complete the vaccine return form (PDF).
  • Place all vaccine inside of a bag, along with the return form, and label with the health-care provider/office name. Write "vaccines - do not use" on outside of the bag.
  • Return bag to Lambton Public Health. A cooler is not required because the vaccine cannot be used.

Vaccine Storage & Handling

The Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines assist all health-care providers with proper storage and handling instructions for provincially funded vaccines. Prior to storing vaccine, health-care providers are required to understand and meet the vaccine storage and handling requirements.