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Pfizer 1170 (Purple Cap) Retirement and Transition Plan

Pfizer 1170 (Purple Cap) Retirement and Transition Plan

Pfizer vaccine 1170 (with the purple cap) is being retired and a new formulation of Pfizer vaccine for adults/adolescents will be available soon. The new formulation, Pfizer Tris Sucrose Adult formulation, has a gray cap and does not require diluent for mixing at administration sites.

View the Emergency Use Authorization.

Pfizer Tris Sucrose Adult Formulation

  • The vial packaging has a gray cap.
  • The vaccine does not contain preservative and is provided as a multiple dose vial.
  • Each vial must be thawed prior to administration.
  • DO NOT DILUTE prior to use.
  • DO NOT STORE in a standard freezer.
  • One vial contains 6 doses of 0.3 mL.
  • This formulation may be stored at 2-8C (36-46 F) for up to 10-weeks, and can be used on individuals 12 years of age and older.

Attend a Healthcare Provider Training

Dose Preparation and Use

  • Gray cap vaccine may be stored at room temperature (8C to 25C/46F to 77F) for a total of 12 hours prior to the first puncture.
  • After first puncture, the vial should be held between 2C and 25C/35F to 77F.
  • Vials should be discarded 12 hours after first puncture.
  • During storage, minimize exposure to room light, and avoid exposure to direct sunlight and ultraviolet light.
  • Do not freeze thawed vials.

Storage and Expiration

The date of manufacture is printed on the vial, not the expiration date. Undiluted vials can be stored up to 9 months in an Ultra Low Temperature (ULT) Freezer -90°C to -60°C (-130°F to -76°F). Vaccines should not be used after 9 months from the date of manufacture printed on the vial and cartons.

Pfizer Tris (gray cap) will be available to order soon, but please use existing PBS formulations (purple cap packs) to the greatest extent possible prior to ordering Pfizer Tris (gray cap). Providers should ideally only carry one Pfizer adult formulation at a time. time.

If you have any questions, contact vaccines@phila.gov.