Coronavirus Information

New wellness checks

'Helping to keep you and our team safe'.

We’ve introduced non-contact temperature checks and extra questions for donors before entry.

We're an essential service

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Donor centres

Our donor centres are safe and places of wellness.

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Limited shelf life

Donated blood only lasts 42 days.

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Donations needed

Every week, Australia needs 31,000 blood donations

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No confirmed reports

There are no confirmed reports of coronavirus being transmitted by blood transfusion anywhere in the world

Where to go for more

The latest from across Lifeblood

Blood donation

Find out about some of the changes we’ve made to the way we collect blood.

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Patient information

Learn more about blood transfusions and our world-class safety standards.

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Health professionals

Our measures to keep Australia’s blood supply safe and strong.

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Frequently asked questions

COVID-19 vaccine 

Can I give blood if I've had the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, but you need to wait at least seven days after each COVID-19 vaccination to make sure you have had no side effects and are feeling healthy and well on the day of donation. If you have any side effects from the vaccine, you should not donate until you have recovered. If you know your vaccination date please consider donating in the days before, or scheduling your donation at least a week after vaccination.

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccination outside Australia, call us on 13 14 95.

Why is Lifeblood asking donors to wait seven days after getting the COVID-19 vaccine to donate?

This is not unusual: we regularly apply wait times like this for a variety of reasons.

The seven day wait time is for donor health reasons, because the COVID-19 vaccine may cause minor side effects such as a mild fever.

We need all blood donors to be feeling fit and well when they give blood or plasma, and we don’t allow anyone with a fever to donate as part of our regular rules. Donors who donate when they’re not feeling 100 per cent can be at an increased risk of experiencing an adverse reaction, such as fainting, during or after their donation.

Different COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out in Australia, is there a different wait time for each?

Donors need to wait seven days after each COVID-19 vaccination to make sure they have had no side effects and are feeling healthy and well on the day of donation. This wait time currently applies to all COVID-19 vaccinations, regardless of which vaccine donors receive.

Should people wait more than seven days just to be safe?

COVID-19 vaccine studies show most temporary symptoms occur up to two to three days post vaccination and are resolved within a week, so seven days is more than enough. As always, we need donors to feel healthy and well on the day of donation. We also encourage people to donate before they receive their COVID-19 vaccination or after seven days.

Is it safe to donate blood (first) and receive the COVID vaccination on the same day?

If donors have recovered well after donating blood it’s unlikely to impact their vaccination. However, just to be safe we recommend donors schedule their blood donation and COVID vaccination on different days if possible. This is to ensure donors are feeling well on the day of vaccination, as there is a small chance of side effects due to the blood donation, which could impact on your vaccination appointment.

What happens if someone develops symptoms after they’ve donated?

Anyone who becomes unwell after donating is asked to contact us as soon as possible so we can assess the situation and if necessary prevent their blood donation from being sent out to hospitals.

Can I still donate blood if I haven’t been vaccinated?

Yes – your vaccination status will have no impact on your eligibility to donate blood.

Will the vaccine be mandatory for donor facing staff?

While Lifeblood encourages all its employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, it is not a mandatory requirement for Lifeblood staff in line with government guidance. 

 

Safety of Australia’s blood supply

Is coronavirus (COVID-19) a threat to the safety of Australia’s blood supply?

No. Lifeblood is ensuring Australia’s blood supply remains one of the safest and reliable in the world through a range of measures.

There have been no reported cases of transfusion-transmission of COVID-19 anywhere in the world, and there is now increasing scientific evidence that the risk of this occurring is extremely low, if it occurs at all.

Donating blood remains an essential activity. There are still patients in hospital who need blood and are relying on people to continue making these generous donations. 

What is Lifeblood doing to ensure Australia’s blood supply is safe from coronavirus?

We have a dedicated working group of experts who have been closely monitoring global developments since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and advising any specific actions. You can find information in these FAQs about what measures we have taken.

Our donor centres remain safe places to visit, and we encourage people who are able to donate blood or plasma to continue to support the one in three Australians who will need blood or a blood product at some stage in their life. 

Can coronavirus be transmitted by blood transfusion?

There have been no reported cases of transfusion-transmission of COVID-19 anywhere in the world, and there is now increasing scientific evidence that the risk of this occurring is extremely low.

Are you screening blood samples for coronavirus? 

There have been no reported cases of transfusion-transmission of COVID-19 anywhere in the world, and for this reason we do not need to routinely test blood donors for coronavirus and we can rely on our strict screening processes.

We also don’t allow people who are unwell to donate blood. If a donor became unwell with coronavirus within 48 hours after donating blood and it had been transfused to a patient we would test the blood for coronavirus as a precaution. This hasn’t been necessary to date.

 

Blood donor safety and eligibility

Do donors or staff need to wear face masks in the donor centres?

We are following public health advice on wearing masks in all states:

Victoria: In line with the Victorian government restrictions following the recent outbreak, masks remain in all donor centres in Victoria. For further information please see the Victorian section.

NSW: As at 26 June because of the community transmission risk in NSW, masks have been introduced in all NSW donor centres in line with the government mandate. Please see further information in the NSW section.

WA: As at 12 July the requirement to wear face masks have been removed for  donor centres in the Perth and Peel regions  in line with government restrictions easing. Please see further information in the Western Australia section.

NT: As at 9 July in line with the government easing restrictions the requirement to wear a face mask when donating has been removed. Please see further information in the Northern Territory section.

ACT: From 10 July masks are no longer required when donating in line with the ACT government easing restrictions.

Queensland: In line with government restrictions, masks have been introduced in donor centres in the following Queensland local government areas: Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Morton, Brisbane, Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset. From 16 July, face masks are no longer required when donating blood in Townsville or Palm Island Please see further information in the Queensland section.

SA: From 28 July, in line with government recommendations for indoor face masks for similar settings to blood donation, face masks are still required when you donate blood. Please see further information in the South Australian section.

Please note because of the reduced ability to physically distance in mobiles, staff and donors must wear a face mask when donating at a mobile blood donation centre in all states. 

Donor centres aren’t medical care facilities and donors and staff members need to be healthy and well to donate or work, so we’re following the general government guidelines for use. 

Australian Government advice states that in Australia the routine use of face masks in the community is currently not recommended while the rate of community transmission of COVID-19 is low. Generally, this means where there is no community transmission face masks are not required. However, in times of increased risk state and territory governments may introduce extra restrictions, which Lifeblood follows.

Can I wear a mask if I’m donating?

You will need to wear a mask when donating in areas where face masks are mandated by government. There are currently multiple areas in Australia where face masks are mandated whilst donating. Please see your relevant state section for further information. Masks are also required in mobiles because the ability to physically distance in the mobiles may be decreased at times. 

If you’re donating in an area where face masks aren’t required, you may still wear a mask during the entire donation process if you would like to. This can be a surgical mask or a cloth mask.

What steps are you taking to make your donor centres hygienic and safe? 

We want to reassure everyone that donor centres are safe to visit and it is still safe to give blood. Only healthy people are eligible to give blood with individual donors screened for any indication they may be unwell when they book to donate. Those who are sick are asked to wait until they are fully recovered before booking in. 

Our centres are strictly regulated spaces so we have always adhered to strict sanitation protocols including wearing gloves, wiping down surfaces after every donation and using single use sterile collection kits for every donation.

We have also implemented a range of other measures to protect our donors and teams including: 

  • Increased cleaning of frequently used items
  • Providing additional hand sanitiser for donors
  • Additional daily cleaning of all areas in our centres
  • Restriction of non-donating visitors to our centres
  • Provision of public health information in every centre
  • Implementing social distancing wherever possible
  • Wellness checks before entering the centre
Will I have to undergo any screening before going into the donor centre?

We currently carry out wellness checks in our donor centres to carefully evaluate whether donors are well enough to enter. 

Prior to checking in for your appointment you will be asked three questions about your well-being, recent travel, and if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 or in close contact with someone who has. If your responses are in line with our eligibility criteria, you will proceed to a non-contact temperature check. Donors with a fever will not be allowed to register for their donation. 

Can people who have returned from overseas donate?

In response to developments in Australia and overseas, we have introduced several new blood donation rules to ensure the safety of our donors and staff, including those who have recently returned from overseas. Our wait periods are based on the government response and risk assessment. If you have returned from overseas and you are required to quarantine on return, you need to wait 28 days before donating. If a country is in a travel bubble with Australia and there is current quarantine free travel, there is no wait period.  If you have any other questions, feel free to give our team a call 13 14 95.

Can people who have been in close contact with individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 donate blood?

No. We have a 14-day donation postponement for anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Close contact is defined by public health authorities and is anyone who has been advised to quarantine for 14 days following exposure to COVID-19. Donating can resume once a close contact is cleared by public health.

If I feel unwell but haven’t been tested/confirmed as having COVID-19, can I donate blood?

Thank you for your interest in donating blood. We don’t accept donations from people who are feeling unwell. The health and safety of our donors is very important, so we ask that you take time to fully recover and give us a call on 13 14 95 when you are back to full health and we can get you booked in to donate.

You say someone needs to be ‘fit and well’ to donate. What defines ‘fit and well’?

All donors need to feel well to be eligible to donate blood. We also ask donors to complete a questionnaire, which includes questions which aim to protect both the health and well-being of the donor and the patient who may receive their blood. 

How long after being diagnosed with COVID-19 can someone donate blood?

A donor may donate blood 28 days after they have made a full recovery from COVID-19. The 28 days begins on the first day once you are symptom-free.

I’m a healthcare worker and have an increased risk of coming into contact with COVID-19. I feel ok, but should I avoid donating?

The main purpose of these new postponements is to help keep our donor centres safe and to reduce the chance of transmission to other donors and staff. If you have come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must wait 14 days before donating blood. 

Please note this postponement doesn’t apply to people wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) who have been in close contact with a positive case during the course of their work, such as health care workers. If you feel well and are otherwise eligible we encourage you to continue to donate.

Do I need to be tested before donating blood?

No, you do not need to be tested, but you do need to feel well and healthy. If you’re feeling well, we’d love to see you in one of our donor centres soon. We have recently introduced several new blood donation rules to ensure the safety of the blood supply. If you’re unsure about your eligibility to donate, please call us on 13 14 95.

Can I donate if I have been advised to quarantine after being in a hotspot if I am currently in another state but recently returned?

Whilst donating blood is essential, donors who have returned from an interstate trip where there is a risk of community transmission back to another state must follow the restrictions in the state that they have returned to. If a person has travelled back from an area and the relevant state government has instructed people to quarantine for a period of time post return, they cannot donate blood during this time. If that is the case we ask you to reschedule your appointment for the period after your quarantine finishes.

 

Public health advice and donating blood

How do changes to restrictions on non-essential services, restriction of movement and age restrictions apply to Lifeblood?

Blood donation remains absolutely vital and is exempt from any restrictions on movement. We are incredibly grateful to all our donors who have donated throughout the challenges of the last year and urge you to continue doing so. 

Donating blood and plasma remains an essential activity and lockdowns, travel and venue restrictions do not prevent people from giving blood - we need you more than ever! There are still patients in hospital who need blood and are relying on people to continue making these generous donations. 

Can I still donate blood during a lockdown?

Yes. Donating blood is an essential act of care-giving. You can still donate during the current lockdowns and we encourage you to do so. All Lifeblood donor centres across the country have remained open during recent lockdowns including the second wave in Victoria and donor centres were safe for donors to come in and donate.

Occasionally we may need a short-term closure of a donor centre, but there will always be plenty of donor centres open to ensure we keep collecting enough blood for people in need.

How is Lifeblood enforcing the Government’s restrictions, including having one person per four or two square metres?

Essential activities including health care settings are not included in the restriction, however we are implementing social distancing in all our centres and collection sites wherever possible to make sure donors are at least 1.5 metres away from other donors.

Donors must be well and healthy to donate and we’ve also introduced a number of measures to protect donors and staff which you can read about in these FAQs. If you have any further questions, call us on 13 14 95. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation, but please don’t hesitate to speak with our staff when you arrive at the donor centre if you have any concerns. 

Is there anything I can do to help if I can’t donate?

Yes! You can encourage your friends and family to become blood donors. They can book an appointment online or call us on 13 14 95 - you can also tweet, Instagram or encourage them on Facebook. Thank you so much for helping to spread the word!

 


State and Territory changes to our donor centres

New South Wales

Can I still donate blood during the Greater Sydney and Orange lockdowns?

Yes. Donating blood is an essential act of care-giving. Our Victorian, NSW, and Brisbane donor centres all remained open during previous lockdowns and donor centres were safe for donors to come in and donate. That is also the case for the current lockdown in NSW including Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast, and Orange.

Are your donor centres still open in lockdown areas?

Yes, our donor centres in the lockdown areas are still open. Donating blood is an essential service and our donor centres remain safe places for people to attend to donate.

Occasionally we may need a short-term closure of a donor centre, but there will always be plenty of donor centres open to ensure we keep collecting enough blood for people in need.

Can donors from lockdown areas donate outside their home suburb?

Donating blood is an essential service. NSW government advice is clear that people can travel outside their postcodes for essential reasons.

Is it safe for people to donate in the lockdown areas?

Our donor centres are low risk places to visit and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that stays the case. 

Lifeblood facilities are strictly regulated by the Therapeutic Good Administration, and as such our ongoing operating procedures must always comply with the highest safety and hygiene standards, including extensive cleaning.

The risk of transmission remains very low, due to the many measures already in place to minimise the risk of infection including:

•    restricting access to essential staff only with no visitors
•    implementing social distancing in all work areas and common areas in our donor centres 
•    installing additional hygiene stations
•    a clear directive that unwell staff should not come to work
•    supporting working from home where possible
•    generous leave entitlements and support for employees who are unwell or required to self-isolate or quarantine. 
•    face masks for all staff and donors in line with government requirements

We have also implemented further measures to help protect our donors and our teams, including wellness checks, which require donors to undergo a non-contact temperature check prior to entering our centres. We also require all donors to complete a questionnaire aimed at protecting both them, our staff and donors and the person who may receive their blood.

Do donors need to wear a mask when they donate at a NSW donor centre? 

Yes, as face masks are currently mandatory indoors in line with the government mandate.

Masks were introduced in Greater Sydney and Wollongong as of the 20th June when the original cluster in Sydney expanded in line with government directions to mandate masks indoors in these areas. The Central Coast was added as of the 23rd June. Regional NSW indoor masks were introduced by the NSW government on the 26th June. We anticipate this is a short-term measure and will remove this requirement as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Our donor centres are places of wellness, and we have implemented additional measures to ensure that remains the case during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is it still safe to donate given the risk of community transmission in NSW?

Yes. We have implemented additional measures to ensure that our donor centres remain places of wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When there is an increased risk of community transmission we implement extra precautions, including the wearing of face masks. As of the 26th June face masks are required in all donor centres in NSW in line with the government mandate.

If you are able to donate blood to continue to support the one in three Australians who will need blood or a blood product during their life, please do. 

To help us with maintaining physical distancing in all our centres, please ensure you book your donation in advance and come alone. Thank you for your support!

Will masks be provided for NSW donors or should they supply their own?

If you donate in NSW and do not have a mask, we will provide you with one. If you have a cloth mask and would prefer to wear a surgical mask during your donation we can also provide you with one.

Will someone who donates in NSW be allowed to donate if they refuse to wear a mask?

No, unless they have a medical exemption. We will ask donors who refuse to wear a mask to postpone their appointment until the public health advice is updated. We are closely guided by Federal and State/Territory public health guidelines which we carefully monitor.

Will you refuse entry to a donor centre for someone who refuses to wear a mask?

Yes, if they do not have a medical exemption, because the requirement to wear masks is for the safety of both our donors and our staff and is currently recommended by the government. Donors need a valid reason but written proof is not required.

Are there any extra donor restrictions with the recent cases in NSW transmission risk?

When there has been cases of recent community transmission, we ask that all donors are aware of and regularly check the NSW Health Website list of potential exposure locations for current COVID-19 locations and alerts regarding potential exposure sites from the COVID-19 cases before donating. If you have been at one of these locations, you should follow public health advice. If you have been advised to quarantine for 14 days you are considered a close contact and cannot donate blood for 14 days following exposure and you have been cleared by public health. If you have been to a listed location where you must present for a COVID test and isolate until a negative result, you must follow public health directions including having a COVID-19 test and await the result before you donate. If required, please reschedule your donation. 

Do Albury donors need to continue to wear masks?

Yes, this is because face masks are currently required in indoor areas in both NSW and Victoria.

 

Victoria

Should donors from Victoria be wearing masks when they come in to donate?

Yes, face masks are currently required to donate in Victoria.

In line with the current restrictions due to the community transmission risk, masks have been introduced in all donor centres in Victoria. We will remove this requirement as soon as it is safe to do so in line with government mandates. We can provide you with a face mask to donate if necessary.

Our donor centres are places of wellness and safety, and we have implemented additional measures to ensure that remains the case during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is it still safe to donate given the risk of community transmission in Victoria?

Yes. We have implemented additional measures to ensure that our donor centres remain places of wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When there is an increased risk of community transmission we implement extra precautions, including the wearing of face masks. Face masks are required in all donor centres in Victoria in line with the government mandate.

We also ask that all donors are aware of and regularly check the Victorian Health Website Case alerts for current COVID-19 locations and alerts regarding potential exposure sites from the COVID-19 cases before donating.

If you have been at one of these locations, you should follow public health advice. If you have been advised to quarantine for 14 days you are considered a close contact and cannot donate blood for 14 days following exposure and you have been cleared by public health. If you have been to a listed location where you must present for a COVID test and isolate until a negative result, you must follow public health directions including having a COVID-19 test and await the result before donating blood.

If you are able to donate blood to continue to support the one in three Australians who will need blood or a blood product during their life, please do. 

To help us with maintaining physical distancing in all our centres, please ensure you book your donation in advance and come alone. Thank you for your support!

Will masks be provided for Victorian donors or should they supply their own?

Please bring your own face mask. It can be a cloth mask or a surgical mask. However, if you do not have one or you wish to wear a surgical face mask, we will provide you with one.

Will someone be allowed to donate in Victoria if they don’t want to wear a mask?

No, unless they have a medical exemption. We will ask Victorian donors who refuse to wear a mask to postpone their appointment until the public health advice is updated. We are closely guided by Federal and State/Territory public health guidelines which we carefully monitor.

Will you refuse entry to a donor centre for someone who refuses to wear a mask?

Yes, if they do not have a medical exemption. The requirement to wear masks is for the safety of both our donors and our staff, and is currently required by the government.

Can donors in border towns still donate blood?

Yes, if you live in a cross-border community there are no permits required. Blood donation is an essential service. If you live in a border town, like Albury-Wodonga, you will be able to give blood at a Lifeblood donor centre. If you travel from Victoria to NSW to donate you should follow the restrictions from the state you are in. That means wearing a face mask when you donate if you live in Victoria and travel to NSW to donate.

The Victorian requirements for cross-border communities are available here.

 

Australian Capital Territory

Do donors need to wear a mask when they donate at an ACT donor centre?

No, as of the 10th July as the ACT government removed the previous requirement for mandatory indoor face masks. However, you are welcome to continue to wear a face mask if you wish. 

Do staff in the ACT (Garran and Civic) need to wear masks?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Lifeblood has always followed the direction of the State and Territory Public Health departments. As of 10th July the ACT government no longer requires masks to be worn indoors. This means face masks are no longer required in ACT donor centres. 

Will masks be provided for ACT donors or should they supply their own?

Please bring your own face mask if you wish to wear one. It can be a cloth mask or a surgical mask. 

 

Northern Territory

Do donors need to wear a mask when they donate in Darwin?

No, as of the 9th July face masks are no longer required when you donate in line with the government easing COVID-19 restrictions. However, you are welcome to continue to wear a face mask if you would like to.

Will masks be provided for donors or should they supply their own?

If you wish to wear a face mask when you are donating please provide your own. This can either be a cloth mask or a surgical mask.

 

Queensland

Should donors from Queensland be wearing masks when they come in to donate?

Yes, if they are donating at the following donor centres: Brisbane, Chermside, Strathpine, Springwood, Southport, Robina, Ipswich, Maroochydore, and Nambour. This is in line with the government instructions for indoor mask use.

Masks are also required when donating at a mobile donor centre.

From Friday 16 July, masks will no longer be required when donating at our Townsville Donor Centre, in line with the relaxing of government restrictions.

No masks are required in donor centres not mentioned above unless a donor wishes to wear a mask.

Will masks be provided for donors or should they supply their own?

If you donate at a donor centre where masks are required we will supply you with a face mask if you do not have one.

If you donate at a donor centre where face masks are not required and you wish to wear a face mask please bring your own mask.

Will you refuse entry to a donor centre for someone who refuses to wear a mask?

Yes, in an area where masks are mandated by government, if they do not have a medical exemption. The requirement to wear masks is introduced for the safety of both our donors and our staff and is currently recommended by the government.

Are there any extra donor restrictions with the current Queensland transmission risk?

We are keeping a close watching brief on the recent community transmission cases in Queensland. When there has been cases of recent community transmission, we ask that all donors are aware of and regularly check the Queensland Health website for current COVID-19 locations and alerts regarding potential exposure sites from the COVID-19 cases before donating.

If you have been at one of these locations, you should follow public health advice. If you have been advised to quarantine for 14 days you are considered a close contact and cannot donate blood for 14 days following exposure and you have been cleared by public health. If you have been to a listed location where you must present for a COVID test and isolate until a negative result, you must follow public health directions including having a COVID-19 test and await the result before donating blood.

Why are the Cairns and Mackay donor centres now only collecting plasma?

Blood has a short shelf-life, and it must be tested, processed and stored within strict timeframes. The reduction in air services from Far North and North Queensland to Brisbane, where our nearest processing centre is located, means these strict timeframes may not be able to be met.

Switching to plasma only collections, which are not affected by the same strict timeframes, provides us with greater flexibility to transport donated plasma to Brisbane and ensures that Australian patients are still getting the life-saving plasma medicines they require. 

How long will Cairns and Mackay donor centres be plasma-only donor centres?

The move to plasma-only collections in Cairns and Mackay will continue while there are interruptions to reliable air transport services.

Are plasma donations as important as whole blood donations?

Absolutely. Plasma is full of important proteins and nutrients, which protect us against invaders and help our blood to clot. These proteins and nutrients are used to support patients when they’re at their most vulnerable. Plasma can be the last line of defence in the treatment of many serious medical conditions. You can read more about plasma here.

Will blood still be available to North Queenslanders in an emergency?

Yes, we are a national blood service and there will be no disruption to the availability of blood due to these changes. North and Far North Queensland patients will continue to receive all the blood and blood products they need.

 

South Australia

Should donors from South Australia be wearing masks when they come in to donate?

Yes, face masks are currently required to donate in South Australia.

As of 28 July, in line with the current restrictions due to the community transmission risk, masks remain required in all donor centres in South Australia. We hope this is a short-term measure and will remove this requirement as soon as it is safe to do so. We can provide you with a face mask to donate if necessary.

Our donor centres are places of wellness and safety, and we have implemented additional measures to ensure that remains the case during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will masks be provided for donors or should they supply their own?

If you donate at a donor centre where masks are required we will supply you with a face mask if you do not have one. If you bring your own, either surgical masks or cloth masks are acceptable.

Will you refuse entry to a donor centre for someone who refuses to wear a mask?

Yes, in an area where masks are mandated by government, if they do not have a medical exemption. The requirement to wear masks is introduced for the safety of both our donors and our staff and is currently required by the government.

Are there any extra donor restrictions with the current South Australian transmission risk?

We are keeping a close watching brief on the current situation in South Australia. We ask that all donors are aware of and regularly check the South Australian Health website for current COVID-19 locations and alerts regarding potential exposure sites from the COVID-19 cases before donating.

If you have been at one of these locations, you should follow public health advice. If you have been advised to quarantine for 14 days you are considered a close contact and cannot donate blood for 14 days following exposure and you have been cleared by public health. If you have been to a listed location where you must present for a COVID test and isolate until a negative result, you must follow public health directions including having a COVID-19 test and await the result before donating blood.

 

Western Australia

Should donors from Perth and Peel Region be wearing masks when they come in to donate?

No, face masks are no longer required in donor centres in the Perth and Peel regions in line with the easing of  government restrictions from the 12th July. However, if you wish to continue to wear a face mask when donating you are welcome to do so.

Will masks be provided for donors or should they supply their own?

If you donate in Perth and Peel, we will provide you with a face mask if you do not have one but you are welcome to wear your own.

If you are donating outside of Perth and Peel and you wish to wear a mask when donating please bring your own. It can be a surgical mask or a cloth mask.


Convalescent plasma   

Are you still collecting convalescent plasma?

No, Lifeblood stopped collecting convalescent plasma at the end of March 2021. There is increasing evidence from clinical trials that convalescent plasma does not alter outcomes for hospitalised patients. Therefore, given the limited new cases in Australia, limited patients in hospital and evidence of limited efficacy, the clinical trials in Australia have ceased. There is some evidence that convalescent plasma could help people with a suppressed immune system and we continue to monitor research in this space. However, we do not anticipate a significant role, if any, for convalescent plasma from recovered individuals given vaccination induces a superior immune response.