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16 December 2020

I’ve had my Covid-19 jab. Can I give blood?


The UK Transfusion Services have issued new guidance for donors who have had a Covid-19 vaccination.

From 17th December 2020:

  • If you've had the vaccine as part of the UK vaccination programme, you can give blood 7 days 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. 

If you've got a date for your vaccination, please don’t delay it in order to give blood – we'll be happy to wait a little longer for your donation. Just let us know by calling 0345 90 90 999 if you need to cancel your blood donation appointment.

Alternatively, check back on our Covid-19: Advice for donors live article, or follow us on Facebook.

Current blood stock levels across Scotland Saturday 16 January

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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