You are here

Blood Donation and Coronavirus (COVID-19)



COVID-19 FAQs  | Convalescent Plasma DonationCurrent COVID-19-related Deferrals Make a Financial Gift

UPDATE 4-8-20

Southern California Blood Bank is an essential community service and will remain open.  As Executive Order N-33-20 states, “Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions and healthcare.”

We are currently taking APPOINTMENTS ONLY. O blood types are most needed.

Convalescent Plasma: Recovered COVID-19 patients can donate plasma to support patients fighting COVID-19. Learn more.

For questions related to blood donation and COVID-19, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.  

  1. If you have an appointment, please allow extra time as we have implemented new screening and cleaning processes.  
  2. If you have seasonal allergies, please donate when you are not experiencing symptoms. We are currently deferring anyone with symptoms shared with COVID-19.
  3. We will need people to sustain the blood supply over the coming weeks. Please make an appointment for 4-6 weeks out.

To make an appointment, visit, Donors must be 17 years or older, weigh a minimum of 114 pounds, and be in general good health.

Blood Donation Deferral Information in relation to COVID-19

  1. Southern California Blood Bank is currently deferring people who have traveled to areas outside of the United States or traveled on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide for 28 days (4 weeks) from their date of departure from area traveled or disembarkation from cruise ship.
  1. 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 28 days (4 weeks) from the last date of exposure with the individual(s).
  1. Donors who have been diagnosed with or suspected of have COVID-19 are deferred for 28 days (4 weeks) from the date the symptoms resolved.
  1. People experiencing coronavirus symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, should not attempt to donate.