Wondering if you can still donate blood after receiving a COVID vaccine or if there’s a waiting period between when you got a vaccine and when you can donate blood? Read the answer to those and other questions about blood donation after getting vaccinated below.

If I get a COVID vaccine can I still donate blood?

Yes. There is no waiting period after receiving a COVID vaccine. Some people may have soreness, chills or low-grade fever after the shot. This is normal and is due to the immune system recognizing the vaccine. If you have symptoms, please wait until you have recovered before donating.

How long after getting a COVID vaccine do I have to wait before giving blood?

There is no waiting period but make sure you are feeling well after the vaccine before coming to the donor center.

Should I mention I had a COVID vaccine before donating blood?

Yes, all donors are asked about recent vaccines they received during the screening process.

Will my antibodies from a COVID vaccine be transmitted in my blood donation and help the person who receives it?

It is unclear if antibodies from a COVID vaccine will help the blood recipient, but we do know that they are not harmful. Current Food and Drug Administration guidelines say that convalescent plasma used to help patients with COVID-19 infection can only be collected from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 and not from donors who have received a vaccine against COVID-19.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cyril Jacquot Cyril Jacquot, MD, PhD, is Director of the Hematology Laboratory and Associate Director of Transfusion Medicine at Children's National.

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