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UPDATE 6-4-20

We are currently taking APPOINTMENTS ONLY. For same-day appts, call (619) 400-8251. 

BLOOD DONATION: Please make an appointment to donate blood. All blood types are needed.

CONVALESCENT PLASMA: Recovered COVID-19 patients can donate plasma to support patients fighting COVID-19. Learn more.

ANTIBODY TESTING: There are many SARS-Cov-2 antibody test options. SDBB is partnering with Genalyte to offer a testing option. Learn more.

For questions related to blood donation and COVID-19, 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.

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 for 4-6 weeks out. 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
• 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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