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Blood Donation and Coronavirus (COVID-19)



COVID-19 FAQs  |  Current COVID-19-related Deferrals: Travel and Exposure  |  Make an Appointment  |  Volunteer

UPDATE 4-1-20

San Diego 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.

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

1. We are currently taking appointments only in order to manage the flow of donors. 

2. If you have an appointment, please allow extra time as we have implemented new screening and cleaning processes.  

3. If you have seasonal allergies, please donate when you are not experiencing symptoms. We are currently deferring anyone with symptoms shared with COVID-19.

4. We will need people to sustain the blood supply over the coming weeks. Please make an appointment for a date in the near future. 

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?

Appointments are available at our six donor centers, at temporary donor centers and select mobile blood drives in the community.

• Downtown San Diego and Chula Vista: Gateway Donor Center (2 miles east of downtown) - Click here
• Point Loma, Ocean Beach and Old Town: Liberty Station Temporary Donor Center - 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

Basic Eligibility Requirements to Donate Blood  


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Blood Donation Deferral Information in relation to COVID-19

1. San Diego 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.

2. 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). 

3. 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.

4. People experiencing coronavirus symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, should not attempt to donate.