Find out if you can donate blood when it comes to COVID-19, and how we can keep each other safe.
In line with government guidelines, we consider a positive RAT equivalent to a confirmed case. Therefore, you may donate blood 7 days after you've made a full recovery from COVID-19 (or 7 days after the date of the positive test if you don’t have any symptoms).
If donors wish to wear a mask, we strongly encourage our donors to wear single use surgical face masks or N95 masks instead of cloth 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.
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.
Currently, you may donate blood when you have completed all required public health follow up and 7 days after you've made a full recovery from COVID-19. The 7 days begins on the first day once you are symptom-free.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 but do not develop any symptoms, you may donate blood 7 days after the date of the positive test result.
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.
We recommend you defer your donation if you are a household contact until you have completed the 7-day period. Contact requirements such as quarantine and testing is as instructed by public health authorities. If possible, please wait until you have completed all government requirements such as required RAT tests and book a donation after this period.
We want to reassure everyone that our donor centres are centres of wellness. 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…Read More
You will need to wear a mask when donating in areas where face masks are mandated by government or required in certain settings. In areas where mask mandates have been removed, we continue to recommend you wear a face mask. 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…Read More
We are following public health advice on wearing masks in all states:
Victoria: From the 26th February face masks for donors are not mandatory but we recommend you continue to wear one. For further information please see the Victorian section.
NSW: From the 25th February face masks for donors…Read More