Find out if you can donate blood when it comes to COVID-19, and how we can keep each other safe.
When face masks are mandated in an area, we strongly encourage our donors to wear single use surgical face masks when donating blood if possible. This is to ensure all our staff and donors are protected as the cloth masks can vary in effectiveness. If you do not have a surgical face mask we can provide you with one.
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… Read More
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.
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… Read More
You may donate blood 28 days after you've made a full recovery from COVID-19. The 28 days begins on the first day once you are symptom-free.
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.
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.
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.
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
You will need to wear a mask when donating in areas where face masks are mandated by government. There are currently many areas in Australia where face masks are mandated whilst donating. Please see the relevant state or territory section for further information. Masks are also required in mobiles because the ability to physically distance in the mobiles may be decreased at times. Where there is… Read More
We are following public health advice on wearing masks in all states: Victoria: In line with the Victorian government restrictions following the current outbreak, masks are required in all donor centres in Victoria from 27 May 2021. For further information please see the Victorian section. NSW: Because of the community transmission risk in NSW, masks have been introduced in all NSW donor… Read More