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URGENT Need for Blood Donations


March 4, 2021 - As local hospitals continue to re-schedule elective surgeries delayed due to COVID-19 and utilize even more blood for stat orders and standard surgeries, San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) is experiencing critically low blood supply. All blood types are needed.

“We are down to a 1–2-day supply of most types, and it’s best to keep at least a 7-day supply available” said David Wellis, CEO, San Diego Blood Bank. “For various reasons, hospital usage has increased, so we need the community to make an appointment to donate now for local hospital patients that need it.”

San Diego Blood Bank strongly encourages all healthy individuals to donate blood. To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, way at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Appointments are required and can be made by visiting or by calling 619-400-8251.

San Diego Blood Bank is currently antibody testing each blood donation as part of their regular testing panel to qualify donations for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Please note this is not a diagnostic test, and it will not detect active COVID-19 infections or recent exposure.

Temperatures will be taken before donors are allowed into facilities and face coverings are required.

To learn more about COVID-19 and blood donation, including deferrals for exposure, symptoms, out-of-state travel, vaccination and more, visit