URGENT NEED for ALL DONATIONS & BLOOD TYPES especially Type O, AB and all types for Platelets. Click here to schedule your donation and help spread the wordThere is no deferral for COVID-19 vaccinations currently being administered in the U.S. and donors are not required to show status. Learn more about our donor eligibility and Coronavirus Pandemic Response. Face masks and appointments are required. Same-day appointments can be made, call 800-747-5401.  

We have a new name, ImpactLife, that better reflects our mission. Read more about our evolution here: www.bloodcenter.org/impactlife 

key points

key points for covid-19

  • Blood donation is essential. Please refer to the Guidance Document from the US Department of Homeland Security.
  • 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 have fever, cough, or shortness of breath. 
  • you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 UNTIL 10 days after your recovery (no fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms and no need for oxygen), or if no symptoms wait 10 days after positive test result. Loss of taste and smell may persist for longer and are acceptable to donate. 
  • you are waiting for a test result for COVID-19 due to symptoms or exposure. Routine or travel-related testing does not impact donor eligibility. If a COVID-19 test is negative and you are well you may donate. If COVID-19 test is positive you must wait 10 days from your testing date and have no symptoms.
  • in the last 10 days you have been within six feet of someone who has the virus or is being tested for the virus for greater than 15 minutes without use of personal protective equipment (mask). 

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

At Our Facilities and Blood Drives: COVID-19 vaccinations are required for blood center staff and volunteers that work at donation locations, other blood center facilities and at hospitals unless they have an approved exemption. Boosters are strongly encouraged to remain up to date.

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

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