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COVID-19 and Blood Donation

COVID-19 and Blood Donation | Updated 8/22/2023

Walk-ins welcome. Appointments available. Donate blood today! 

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As of October 1, 2022, based on CDC’s latest guidance, San Diego Blood Bank does not requires staff, volunteers, blood donors, vendors, contractors, and visitors to wear a face mask inside its facilities or while donating blood. Those who wish to wear a mask may do so freely.

For questions related to blood donation and COVID-19, including a full list of travel and exposure deferrals, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.  

  • If you have an appointment, please allow extra time as we have implemented 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.
  • 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 10 days from the last date of exposure with the individual(s). Healthcare workers, please review our FAQs for donation deferrals.
  • All blood donors who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having COVID-19 are deferred for 10 days from the date the symptoms resolved.
  • The following COVID-19 vaccines are permitted without a deferral period: AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer. If you are unsure of the name of the COVID-19 vaccine or it is not listed, you will be deferred from donation for 14 days.
  • To donate blood, you must be 17 years or older, weigh a minimum of 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Click here to view basic eligibility requirements and to prepare for your blood donation. 
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Where can I donate blood nearby?

All blood types needed. Book an appointment at one of nine donor centers or at a blood drive in the community. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Central San Diego: Gateway Donor Center (2 miles east of downtown) | Book Now
  • Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Old Town: Liberty Station Donor Center | Book Now
  • Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, San Ysidro: Chula Vista Donor Center | Book Now
  • La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside: East County Donor Center | Book Now
  • Poway, Mira Mesa, Sorrento Valley: Sabre Springs Donor Center | Book Now
  • La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Del Mar: Carmel Valley Donor Center | Book Now
  • Escondido and San Marcos: North County Donor Center | Book Now
  • Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad: Coastal Donor Center | Book Now
  • Orange County, Irvine, Newport Beach: Irvine Business District Donor Center | Book Now

How do I donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP)?

Recovered from COVID-19? Your plasma may help other patients.
Click here to submit interest to donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP). Learn more about donating CCP


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