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UPDATE 7-6-20

We are currently taking APPOINTMENTS ONLY. 

BLOOD DONATION: Please make an appointment to donate blood. 

ANTIBODY TESTING: From now through the end of July, San Diego Blood Bank is testing all blood donations for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Learn more.

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, including a full list of travel and exposure deferrals, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.  

  • If you have an appointment, please allow extra time as we have implemented new screening and 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.
  • We are currently deferring ALL DONORS who have come into close contact with any individual with COVID-19 for 28 days from the date of last exposure, including healthcare workers. 
  • All donors who have been diagnosed with or suspected of have COVID-19 are deferred for 4 weeks from the date the symptoms resolved. 
  • If you traveled outside the United States, including Tijuana, you will be deferred for 28 days due to COVID-19 precautions.

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

Where can I donate blood nearby?

Please make an appointment. Appointments are available at our six donor centers and mobile blood drives in the community.

• Downtown San Diego and Chula Vista: Gateway Donor Center (2 miles east of downtown) - Click here
• El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee: East County Donor Center - Click here
• Escondido and San Marcos: North County Donor Center - Click here
• Vista, Oceanside and Carlsbad: Coastal Donor Center - Click here
• Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Mira Mesa and Rancho Peñasquitos: Sabre Springs Donor Center - Click here
• La Jolla, Carmel Valley and Del Mar: Carmel Valley Donor Center - Click here

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