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21 January 2022

Covid-19: Advice for donors



At the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, we take great care to minimise any risk of harm to donors or patients. This is why we place a number of restrictions on who can donate at any given time – and why these constraints can and do change over time.

Current situation

  • If you've had the vaccine (or booster) as part of the UK vaccination programme, you can book in to give blood 48hrs after your jab.
  • You need to make an appointment to give blood at any donation session in Scotland.
  • We ask you to please come alone (or with a household member who is also donating) so we can keep to social distancing regulations.
  • We ask that donors please wear masks throughout the session (although be aware that for monitoring purposes, they will need to be removed for health check and while donating)
  • Please try to come no earlier than five minutes before your appointment. This helps reduce queues.
  • We are open, but our sessions are subject to change.
  • We will get in touch if there are changes to your session, but please check before coming to donate.

Please make an extra special effort to give blood over the coming days, weeks and months. If you are fit and well and have not been impacted by Covid-19, it's important to come forward and donate.

Am I eligible to donate?

As always, our usual donor eligibility criteria apply - see Can I give blood? for more information. However, there are also a number of criteria in place with regards to Covid-19.

Currently, you must not donate if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • You have Covid-19
  • You have developed symptoms which may be Covid-19 

When will I be eligible to donate?

  • If you have shown symptoms of Covid-19 you must not donate for at least seven days after final symptoms have ceased.
  • The only exception to this is if you have had a negative PCR test, in which case you can give as soon as your symptoms have ceased.
  • If you have not had symptoms but have had a positive test (PCR or LFT) you must not donate until 7 days after your last positive test

If you have had Covid-19 you must be fully recovered before giving blood. This means you must have returned to normal activities, have no ongoing Covid-19 symptoms (including tiredness) and are not undergoing tests or follow up. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 after donating, please contact us on 0345 90 90 999. 

I've had my Covid-19 vaccination/booster. Can I donate?

  • If you've had a Covid-19 vaccine (or booster vaccine) as part of the UK vaccination programme, you can book in to give blood 48hrs after your jab. You also have to be recovered from any reaction to the vaccine.
  • If you've had a vaccine as part of a clinical trial you might have to wait longer to donate. Please get in touch with us to find out.
  • If you've got a blood donation appointment booked before your vaccination appointment, you can still come to donate. 

After you've donated

If you feel unwell or suffer any discomfort or problems after giving blood, or have doubts at any time after donating about whether your blood should be used for patients, call us on 0345 90 90 999.


Where can I find out more?

NHS inform have created an excellent resource on the Covid-19, including an automated self-check guide which helps you find out what to do next if you have developed any symptoms and are worried about Covid-19

Current blood stock levels across Scotland Saturday 28 May

We aim to retain 6 days of stocks at any time in order to meet the requirements of patients in Scotland.

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