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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 your appointment today to transform the lives of patients in need. If you've recently gotten a tattoo, traveled abroad or take medications and wonder if these affect your eligibility, please review how these might impact your eligibility.
Whatever your COVID-19 vaccination status, you may still give blood or platelets if you meet all general blood donation eligibility criteria.
Must be at least 16 years old
Weigh at least 110 pounds
Be in good general health
Bring your ID
Eat within two hours ahead of your donation
Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids
Wait eight weeks between whole blood donations
Platelet donors should avoid aspirin and/or aspirin-containing products 48 hours prior to donation and other anti-platelet medications as listed here.
Power Red donors must meet certain height and weight requirements.
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.
Before donating blood, please refer to your state’s or public health agency’s guidelines for COVID-19 testing and quarantining. Do not come to donate if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are subject to quarantine after close contact with individuals diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 infection. If you’ve had COVID-19 and have been symptom-free for 10 days, you are eligible to donate.
Please do NOT donate or enter a Vitalant facility if you are not feeling well. Blood donors are NOT tested for active coronavirus infection.
The information above is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. It's important you review this information before scheduling an appointment.
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