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OSHPD Releases Vaccine Freezer Checklist, Provides Expedited Review

For CEOs, COOs, facilities managers, government relations staff

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The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has posted a Vaccine Freezer Checklist to its COVID-19 Resources page. This is intended to be used for the expedited review and installation of ultra-low temperature freezers used for the storage of COVID-19 vaccines in California health care facilities. 

The checklist summarizes and references the applicable requirements from OSHPD. It should be completed by the project architect or engineer based on the design actually reflected in the plans at the time of completion of the checklist.  

Hospitals can use this checklist to determine whether an OSHPD permit is necessary. If an OSHPD permit is necessary, a hospital should submit the completed checklist with the permit application and submit it through the OSHPD eServices Portal. OSHPD is internally expediting review of these vaccine freezer permit applications.