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21 January 2022

I’ve had my Covid-19 vaccination/booster. Can I give blood?


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

From Friday 21st January 2022:

  • 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.
  • You cannot donate less than 48hrs after your most recent immunisation
  • 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.

Current blood stock levels across Scotland Friday 24 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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