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OneBlood is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is following all FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for people who receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Q: Can I donate blood or platelets after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
- If you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine you can donate now. There is no waiting period to donate blood or platelets after receiving these vaccines.
- If you receive the vaccine from any other manufacturer you will need to wait two weeks before donating.
Q: How do I know which vaccine I received?
When you receive your COVID-19 vaccination, you should receive a vaccination card indicating which COVID-19 vaccine you received.
Q: Do I need to provide documentation to OneBlood that I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
During the registration process to donate, your OneBlood phlebotomist will ask you if you received a COVID-19 vaccine, which vaccine you received and when you received it. The FDA requires that these questions be asked to determine donor eligibility. If you do not know the answers, you will not be able to donate. To simplify the process you can also bring your COVID-19 vaccination card and show it to your phlebotomist.
Q: What if I do not know which vaccine I received or do not have a vaccination card?
If you do not know which COVID-19 vaccine you received, as a precaution you will need to wait two weeks before donating.
Q: I recovered from COVID-19 and received the COVID-19 vaccine, can I donate convalescent plasma?
No. Per the FDA, people who have recovered from COVID-19 who receive the COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. However, the FDA is actively looking at this donor eligibility issue and additional information is expected in the future.
Q: Can I donate convalescent plasma if I have participated in an investigational or trial COVID-19 vaccine?
At this time, per the FDA, people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine as part of a study are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma, but may be eligible to donate blood 14 days after receiving the investigational vaccine.
Q: I had COVID-19 and received a convalescent plasma transfusion as part of my treatment, can I donate?
There is a three month deferral from the date of the transfusion before you would be eligible to donate blood, platelets or convalescent plasma. Additionally, you will need to meet all FDA donor eligibility requirements to be a donor.
Social Distance Protocol:
We are regulated by FDA and we have social distance protocol in place, to ensure our donor and staff safety:
Safety of the blood supply, our donors, team members and blood recipients are OneBlood’s top priorities.
It is safe to donate blood. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that the coronavirus does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives.
OneBlood Donation Safety Protocols
- OneBlood is regulated by the FDA and required to follow strict operational guidelines.
- Our facilities and Big Red Buses are clean and meet all FDA safety standards.
- At every blood drive and donor center OneBlood team members follow safety protocols, including:
- Wearing medical gloves for blood collections.
- Wiping down donor-touched areas and equipment after every collection with disinfectant. This includes, donor beds, registration tablets, blood-pressure cuff and hemoglobin sensors.
- Using sterile collection sets for every donation.
- Conducting donor mini-physicals, including temperature check to ensure donors are healthy and well on the day of donation.
- Only people who are healthy are eligible to donate blood.
- As an additional safety measure, OneBlood is asking people who have traveled to countries at high risk for the coronavirus to self-defer from donating blood for 28 days upon returning to the United States.
- Team members who are sick or not feeling well do not report to work.
Social Distancing at Blood Drives and Donor Centers
- At blood drives, only a certain number of people will be permitted on the bus at any one time. This will be tailored to your location based on appointments and how we can call them to the bus
- At our donor centers, donors can wait in the donor center, but will need to maintain a safe distance between other donors or they can wait in their car and they will be called when it is their turn to donate.