Questions and Answers about Coronavirus

Am I eligible to donate blood?


  • Donors must wait 2 weeks after each COVID-19 vaccination dose for their next donation appointment.
  • As of July 15, 2020, Bloodworks implemented new FDA blood donor eligibility guidance (April 2, 2020 Statement) supported by studies and epidemiologic data. The changes affect several blood donation criteria, such as travel, exposure risks and medications resulting in revised deferral periods for men who have sex with men (MSM); Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (vCJD or mad cow disease), tattoos/piercings, travel to malarial endemic areas, and others. If you were deferred in the past, please contact us at 800-398-7888 to determine your eligibility according to the new criteria. Read about the updates here. We applaud the FDA’s important step toward increasing opportunity to save lives and look forward to welcoming more people to join our team of lifesavers.

Who can donate?

  • Anyone who is in good health, at least 18 years old, and weighs at least 110 pounds may donate whole blood every 56 days.
  • Washington: 16 or 17 year olds donating in Washington must have a Bloodworks Northwest permission form signed by a parent or guardian to donate.
  • Oregon: 16 or 17 year olds donating in Oregon do not require a Bloodworks permission form, unless requested by the donor group(s).
  • First-time 16 or 17 year old donors who weigh at least 114 pounds may donate at Bloodworks NW donor center.
  • First-time 16 or 17 year old male donors who weigh at least 114 pounds may donate at a mobile blood drive.
  • First-time 16 or 17 year old female donors who weigh at least 125 pounds may donate at a mobile blood drive.
  • Mobile blood drive weight requirements for 16 or 17 year olds are to improve our young first-time donors’ experience, and minimize chances of vasovagal reaction.

Questions regarding blood or apheresis donations, call: 800-398-7888.

Questions About Eligibility

Some health conditions or medications may temporarily or permanently prevent persons from donating blood.

If you have a question regarding your eligibility to donate blood and would like to discuss it with someone:

Medical Conditions

HIV/AIDS, individuals at high risk and their partners cannot donate
Cold and Flu: You should not donate today if you are currently experiencing symptoms of a “cold” or “flu” cannot donate today
Diabetes, on or off medication and under control can donate
Non-viral Hepatitis, previous Hepatitis A can donate
Viral Hepatitis B, C, D cannot donate
Pregnancy cannot donate
Pregnancy, after delivery, miscarriage, abortion six-week wait
Menstruation can donate
Cancer, treatment complete and disease-free; most types* one year wait
Low blood count Read more
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosed by a physician cannot donate

*Note: People with, or who have had, cancer, should contact the Clinical Specialist at 206-292-2543 to determine eligibility.

Medical Procedures

Surgery, without transfusion or certain all transfusions were Autologous can donate
Surgery, with transfusion 3-month wait
Transfusion 3-month wait


Antibiotics (used for Acne is acceptable), Injectable, Oral can donate if not currently(same day as donation) taking and infection free
Antiretroviral Medication, Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) or any medication used to treat HIV/AIDS cannot donate
Allergy medications, diuretics, diet pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, Tylenol can donate
Aspirin can donate blood, but not platelets
Blood Pressure Medication (most types) can donate
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and/or Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) or any medication used to prevent HIV/AIDS infection. three-month wait


Measles (rubella) and MMR one-month wait
Flu can donate
Hepatitis B two-week wait
COVID-19 two-week wait after each dose

Other Possible Restrictions

Ear/Body Piercing, sterile procedure and single use equipment used can donate
Ear/Body Piercing, non-sterile procedure or non-single use equipment used three-month wait
Tattooing, in a state licensed facility in the U.S., excluding facilities in District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming can donate
Tattooing, non-state licensed facility, a facility outside U.S., or tattoos performed in the following states: District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming three-month wait
Travel outside the US or Canada Read more
Donor deferral, men who have sex with men (MSM) Read more


If you have additional questions regarding eligibility:

Information about COVID-19

Information about COVID-19

Information about Emergent Diseases

Information about Emergent Diseases [PDF]

You Cannot get AIDS from Donating Blood

Only sterile, disposable equipment is used throughout the donation process, which makes it virtually impossible to contract a disease from donating blood.

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