Quick Dose: How Soon Can I Donate Blood After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Updated April 2022
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a nationwide blood shortage. You can donate blood if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine. However, depending on what type of COVID-19 vaccine you received, you may need to wait two weeks before donating blood, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Wait two weeks to donate blood after COVID-19 vaccination if you:
- Do not know which type of vaccine you received
- Received a live attenuated COVID-19 vaccine, such as COVI-VAC (this is rare)
You do not need to wait to donate blood after COVID-19 vaccination if you are feeling well and you:
- Received an inactivated virus COVID-19 vaccine or mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, including those manufactured by AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Novavax or Pfizer-BioNTech.
Do not donate blood if you:
- Are not feeling well
- Have COVID-19 symptoms
Bring your COVID-19 vaccine card with you when you donate blood, as you may be asked to share the type of vaccine you received and date of vaccination.
Glenn E. Ramsey, MD, medical director of the Blood Bank at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and professor of Pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.