The Red Cross is committed to the safety of donors, staff, and volunteers. We only collect blood from donors who are healthy and symptom-free. No matter which COVID-19 vaccine you receive, please do not present to donate unless you are symptom-free and feeling well. Mild side effects can occur after the administration of vaccines of any type, although they usually disappear within a few days. If you experience any side effects, please wait to donate until you are feeling well.
To ensure everyone’s safety, the Red Cross is taking additional safety precautions during the pandemic including:
- Donor and staff temperature checks before entering drives
- All donors and staff required to wear a face covering or mask in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Following social distancing practices in waiting and refreshment areas as well as spacing beds 6 feet apart where possible
- Wiping down donor-touched areas and enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment
- Having hand sanitizer readily available
- Wearing gloves and changing them often
- Using sterile collection sets
- Using aseptic scrubs on arms
- Laundering blankets used by donors and encouraging donors to bring their own (electric blankets and heating pads not permitted)
- Conducting mini-physicals to ensure donor health
Red Cross volunteer donors provide nearly 40% of the country’s blood and blood components, yet only about 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly, which means supply can’t always meet demand. Every donation helps meet patient needs. If you are healthy and well, please schedule your blood donation appointment today.
For more information about making a blood donation if you receive a COVID-19 vaccination, download the COVID-19 Vaccination and Blood Donation guide.
Please note: The Red Cross, as an organization, is not a healthcare provider and is not administering COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. However, Red Cross volunteers who are medical professionals may work with local authorities to help give vaccinations if their state licenses permit them to do so. In addition, Red Cross teams are currently helping to vaccinate U.S. service members on bases around the world.