Can I donate blood after having Covid-19?

According to American Red Cross the hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30%.

Posted: Mar 24, 2021 10:14 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2021 10:21 PM

If you received a coronavirus diagnoses in the past you are still eligible to give blood.

I talked with a health care supervisor on why previous covid-19 patients are in high-demand.

Stephanie Kizziar says "it's important for people to donate blood because there is no substitute for it".

Blood is a precious gift that anyone can give to another but some are wondering whether or not they can donate blood after contracting the Covid-19 virus.

Suzanne Picard says "if you've had the covid virus we only ask that you be asymptomatic for 14 days prior to giving blood you should feel well when you give blood".

I spoke with the supervisor at Lourdes Blood Donor Center and she says those who are fully vaccinated with the Pzifer and Moderna vaccines can donate blood within minutes of being vaccinated.

Suzanne Picard says "there is no deferral time meaning you can give blood right after you have received the covid vaccine".

There still needs to be more research into the Johnson and Johnson vaccine before you'll be able to donate after receiving the one-dose vaccine.
According to American Red Cross the hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30%. Stephanie Kizziar with Vitalant Blood Donation Center says it's important for people to donate blood because the supply runs out quickly.

"There is no synthetic there's nothing so without people coming to donate blood we will not be able to keep our shelves stocked with the blood that's needed in emergency situations".

Kizziar says they're encouraging everyone to donate blood even if they've had covid-19... giving blood saves lives.

"If you've had covid and also if you've had the vaccine your blood is still definitely needed".

To learn more about Vitalant you can visit https://www.vitalant.org/. 

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