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 have also implemented further measures to help protect our donors and our teams, including wellness checks. 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, face masks are currently required to donate in Victoria in line with government requirements on indoor mask use.

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 Victorian donors or should they supply their own?

Please bring your own face mask. We strongly encourage donors to wear single use surgical masks 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?

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, because the requirement to wear masks is for the safety of both our donors and our staff and is currently required by the government. Donors need a valid reason but written proof is not required.

Can donors in border towns still donate blood?

Yes, 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.