Victorian coronavirus updates

Victorian coronavirus updates

See the latest about COVID-19 and donating blood in Victoria.

Is it safe for people to donate with the current community transmission?

Our donor centres are very 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 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.

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

Yes, we recommend donors wear face masks. From the 26th February they are no longer mandated.

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.

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.

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

Please bring your own face mask. We encourage donors to wear medical masks such as a single use surgical mask, if possible, as cloth masks can vary more in effectiveness. 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?

Yes, from the 26th February we have removed the mandatory requirement for face masks for donors. However, we recommend you continue to wear one.


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