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You may be wondering if you can donate blood. Donating blood is safe and easy to do. If you're in good health and meet the general eligibility criteria, then you are likely able to give blood. If you meet all eligibility criteria below, please schedule a donation to transform the lives of patients in need. If you've got a tattoo, traveled abroad or take medications and wonder if these affect your eligibility, please review how these might impact your eligibility.
Platelet donors should avoid aspirin and/or aspirin-containing products 48 hours prior to donation and other anti-platelet medications as listed here.
Double red cell donors must meet certain height and weight requirements.
NOTE: If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or participated in a COVID-19 vaccine trial, you are currently NOT eligible to donate convalescent plasma (also referred to as COVID Plasma). You ARE eligible to donate blood or platelets if you meet all general blood donation eligibility criteria.
To be eligible for convalescent plasma donation, you must:
*That is, a positive (or P) result in the COVID Supplemental test in your donor portal. Note: active convalescent plasma donors will not have a Supplemental test performed, and only the COVID Antibody test will be performed on their blood samples. For more information, go to Understanding Your COVID-19 Antibody Test Results – For Convalescent Plasma Donors.
Unlike plasma that is donated specifically for patient transfusion, source plasma is collected and used to develop lifesaving medicines and therapies for patients with neurological disorders, immune deficiencies, bleeding disorders and more. Currently, Vitalant only offers voluntary source plasma donation opportunities to people who live in the Sacramento area.
Source plasma donors have specific eligibility requirements. Please call us at 877-258-4825 for more information.
For more information, read our Blood Donor Notice.
The Blood Donor Notice is also available in Spanish.
Blood donors are NOT tested for coronavirus. Do not donate blood if you are sick.
Depending on the circumstances, if you were told previously that you were disqualified from donating blood, you might be able to now. See Updated Eligibility for HIV/AIDs, malaria and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
The information above is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. It's important you review this information before scheduling an appointment.
Then, use any donate button to schedule an appointment.