The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has been notified that Pfizer is running short of COVID-19 vaccine shipper boxes and Controlant temperature monitors. This is due to two factors:
- The smaller packaging (450 doses versus 1,170 doses) requires more shipper boxes and Controlant temperature monitors to deliver the same number of doses.
- International donations have required additional shipper boxes and Controlant temperature monitors and this is reducing the number of domestic shippers in the supply chain.
Effective on all orders placed after 9:30 a.m. EST, Thursday July 15, 2021:
To assist with addressing these shortages, Pfizer 450 orders of two or more to the same location may automatically be combined within the same shipper box. For example, if an order includes two Pfizer 450 orders, 900 doses of Pfizer vaccine will be packed in the same shipper box with a single Controlant temperature monitor. This practice will reduce both the number of shippers used each day and the number of Controlant monitors shipped.
Jurisdictions and providers may still order Pfizer 450 packages in single shippers by placing individual orders for each Pfizer 450 package. If an order for a total of 900 doses requires two separate 450-dose packages, two separate orders for Pfizer 450 will need to be placed in VTrckS or VPOP. This policy will not change the configuration of ancillary kits. Ancillary kits will still be shipped in separate boxes of 450 doses each. When placing orders, providers will still need to establish if adult or pediatric vaccine will be ordered.
Currently, in Michigan, vaccine orders that are being placed are being filled through redistribution of vaccine from existing inventory throughout the state.
As a reminder, you can assist with this shortage by returning your shippers and Controlant temperature monitors as soon as possible. Please check the shippers to verify they are completely empty before returning them. Please do not return vaccine or ancillary products in the shippers.