Western Australia coronavirus update

Western Australia coronavirus update

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

Should donors from Perth, Peel and South West Regions be wearing masks when they come in to donate?

Yes, as at 6pm on 17th January 2022 face masks are again required in donor centres in the Perth, Peel and South West regions in line with the government announcement on face masks.

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. We strongly encourage donors to wear single use surgical masks if possible, as cloth masks can vary more in effectiveness.

If you wish to wear a mask at a donor centre where masks are not mandated please bring your own. It can be a surgical mask or a cloth 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. Donors need a valid reason but written proof is not required. 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 recent case in the community?

We are keeping a close watching brief on the community transmission risk in Western Australia.

When there has been cases of recent community transmission, we ask that all donors are aware of and regularly check the WA 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.