COVID-19 Vaccine and Blood Donation FAQ’s

If I receive the COVID-19 vaccine, can I still give blood?

Yes! There is no deferral for the COVID-19 vaccine. As long as you’re feeling healthy and well on the day of your donation, you are still eligible to donate after receiving the vaccine or between doses.

Does the vaccine help me build antibodies?

Yes! In fact, that is why vaccines are given. These antibodies will protect you from future infections.

If I donate and I get tested for antibodies, will that show that my vaccination worked?

Yes, but if you test negative, that does not necessarily mean that the vaccine did not work. Your body might not have produced enough antibodies to be detected, but that does not mean that you are not protected. If you were to get infected, your body would start to produce more antibodies to fight the infection.