The Quezon City Government has set up its own Cold Room and Storage Facility which can store vaccines and medicines with controlled cold temperature requirements. This project is to further equip the city’s public health system.
The QC Cold Room and Storage Facility is a 105 sqm facility equipped with a medical grade walk-in freezers consisting of seven (7) units (5.0 horsepower) ad one (1) unit (3.0 horsepower) wall-mounted unit coolers capable of reaching 2-8 degress celsius and with negative temperature provision to cool and store COVID-19 vaccines such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac.
The room is equipped with digital temperature control and moitoring connected with an alarm system to ensure the safety and quality of medicines. There are also chest-type freezers which provide more storage space particularly for medicines that require below zero temperature storage.
The facility can accommodate approximately 20,000 vials in Ultra Low Freezers (-60 to -80 deg C) and 100,000 – 500,000 vials inside the cold storage room (2-8 deg C) depending in vial size. Storage duration is until expiry date.
The cold storage will also help the local government in storing necessary vaccines including those that are part of the regular immunization programs of the Department of Health. This will also help the local government prepare for any future emergencies or disasters due to emerging diseases with outbreak potential.