Vaccine Inventory, Storage, and Handling: Roles for Pharmacy Technicians

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Pharmacy technicians can play critical roles in managing all the supplies that are required for a pharmacy-based immunization program. This training focuses on roles for pharmacy technicians in supporting pharmacy-based immunization services, including managing the inventory of vaccines and supplies, ordering new vaccines and supplies when needed, and ensuring that vaccines are stored and handled correctly. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe proper storage and handling of vaccines.  
  2. Identify roles pharmacy technicians can play in vaccine inventory, storage, and handling.

Activity type: Knowledge-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians

Learning level: 2

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 0.5 contact hour of CPE credit (0.05 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-235-H06-P/T.

To obtain credit for Vaccine Inventory, Storage and Handling: Roles for Pharmacy Technicianscomplete the learning activity, assessment with a grade of 70% or better, and evaluation questions. Then, you will be able to claim credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

Initial release date: August 15, 2019
Expiration date: August 15, 2022 


Vaccine Inventory, Storage and Handling: Roles for Pharmacy Technicians is an online activity for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

Advisory Board 

Kayla Hensley, PharmD, Pharmacy Regional Clinical Manager, Fred Meyer Pharmacy   

Elizabeth Oler, PharmDPharmacist, Fred Meyer Pharmacy  

The original publication was prepared by Judy Crespi Lofton, MS, of JCL Communications, on behalf of APhA. 


Kayla Hensley, PharmD, Elizabeth Oler, PharmD, and APhA’s Government Affairs and editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at


All four educational activities are supported by educational grants provided by:  

  • Merck Sharp & Dohme 

  • Sanofi Pasteur US


There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website and view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.