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Blood Donation and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 2/8/22 | Blood Donation and COVID-19

Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins are welcome. Safety measures are in place. Donate blood today! 
Click here to read COVID-19 Deferrals and FAQs

We are temporarily deferring donors that have traveled outside the U.S. in the last 10 days. Travel to Baja, Mexico is acceptable. 

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Mask PolicyEffective immediately: As of July 28, 2021, based on CDC’s latest guidance, Southern California Blood Bank requires staff, volunteers, donors, vendors, contractors, and visitors to wear a face covering*, whether they have been vaccinated or not, prior to entering our facilities/mobiles and while donating blood.

*“Face covering” means a surgical mask or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric."

Please read Frequently Asked Questions for information related to blood donation and COVID-19, including a full list of travel and exposure deferrals.

  • All donors who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having COVID-19 are deferred for 10 days from the date the symptoms resolved.
  • Please allow extra time as we have implemented enhanced cleaning processes.
  • If you have seasonal allergies, please donate when you are not experiencing symptoms. We are currently deferring anyone with symptoms shared with COVID-19.
  • If donors cared for, lived with or otherwise have had close contact with an individual(s) diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 infection, they are deferred for 10 days from the last date of exposure with the individual(s). Healthcare workers, please review our vaccine FAQs.
  • The following COVID-19 vaccines are permitted without a deferral period: AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer. If you are unsure of the name of the COVID-19 vaccine or it is not listed, you will be deferred from donation for 14 days.
  • Eligible donors can donate blood regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • To donate blood, you must be 17 years or older, weigh a minimum of 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Click here to view basic eligibility requirements and to prepare for your blood donation. 
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Please make an appointment to donate blood. Appointments are available at the newly opened Irvine Business District donor center or find a mobile lood drive in Orange County and Los Angeles County. Call (844) 380-5220

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Donation: Recovered from COVID-19? Fill out the form to see if you are eligible to donate plasma to help patients battling illness in local hospitals.