Find out if you're ok to donate
If you've got a high temperature, runny nose, cough or other signs of infection please check how long you must wait before donating.
Last reviewed: 11 October 2021
We need you to keep donating blood and platelets during the pandemic. Donor centres are still open despite coronavirus restrictions.
National restrictions may have lifted, but to make donating as safe as possible for everyone we have kept a few changes in place 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. 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.
We always need new donors to join the community and help ensure people get the blood they need both now and in the future.
If you can't get an appointment straight away, your help will still be needed in the future. We'll get in touch when there's space to donate.
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