FDA extends Pfizer vaccine expiration dates

NCPA August 23, 2021

The FDA has approved an extension to the amendment to the EUA for expiration dates for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Cartons and vials of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine with an expiry date of August 2021 through February 2022 printed on the label may remain in use for three months beyond the printed date as long as authorized storage conditions between -90°C to -60°C (-130°F to -76°F) have been maintained. Please note: the ultra-cold temperature range has been broadened to include -90° C (-130°F). Frozen vials stored at -25°C to -15°C and refrigerated vials (2°C to 8°C) are NOT eligible for extension. The extended expiration date is effective immediately for all currently available batches that have not yet expired. NOTE: Expiration dates extension does NOT apply to vials dated July 2021 and earlier. You’ll find additional information on Pfizer storage and handling here. Here’s an FDA fact sheet for vaccination providers.