Coronavirus: latest advice

Last reviewed: 17 January 2022

We need you to keep donating blood, plasma and platelets during the pandemic. Donor centres are still open despite coronavirus restrictions.

To make donating as safe as possible for everyone, we've made a few changes at our centres. We are regularly reviewing government advice to ensure we have measures in place to keep you and our staff safe.

Before coming to donate:

  • Check you are ok to attend – read coronavirus health rules for donors 

  • COVID-19 vaccine – please wait 7 full days from your vaccine before donating on the 8th day (e.g. if you received your vaccine on Friday 01 January, you can donate on Saturday 09 January).

    If you had side effects from the vaccine such as headache, temperature, aches and chills, please wait 28 days from your recovery. Find out more about donating after a vaccine.

  • Travelling to donate – donation is allowed despite coronavirus restrictions

  • Keep your appointment and arrive on time please reschedule it if you can't come by calling us on 0300 123 23 23

  • Wear a fabric face covering unless you're medically exempt, this must cover your mouth and nose - get more information about face masks

  • Attend alone  as part of latest safety changes it is vitally important that you come on your own, to help minimise social contact. 

Your coronavirus questions

Donating after the COVID-19 vaccine