key points

key points for covid-19

  • Blood is a critical resource. For additional questions regarding eligibility, click here.
  • Blood donation is safe during COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here to review a study done by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

donor eligibility

DO NOT GIVE BLOOD IF:

  • You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • You are waiting for COVID-19 test result due to exposure or symptoms.

  • If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 via a positive test result in the last 10 days even if no symptoms or illness occurred. Wait 10 days after symptom recovery to donate.

Vaccination Criteria: COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are encouraged for all donors and do not impact eligibility to donate. 

Please note: COVID-19 vaccinations are required for ImpactLife staff and volunteers unless they have an approved exemption. Boosters are strongly encouraged.

If you decide not to donate because of this information, please call us at 800-747-5401 or text us at 999-777. We will determine when you will be able to give blood. 

Are we testing blood donations for COVID-19?

There are no donor screening tests available for this virus. All donors are screened for symptoms of illness prior to donation. There is no evidence this virus (SARS-CoV-2) can be transmitted by a transfusion, nor has there been with the two related viruses, SARS-1 and MERS-CoV that have caused epidemics since 2000.

  • In our pre-donation Medical History Questionnaire, we ask “Are you feeling healthy and well today?” 
  • In our pre-donation mini-physical, we assess the donor’s body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and hemoglobin level 

Donors who aren’t feeling well or exhibit symptoms of respiratory illness are asked not to present and are deferred from donation. 

For additional information

PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES

Industry Groups