Updated Mask Policy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors. Based on this new guidance regarding vaccine effectiveness, beginning May 20, 2021, we are modifying our policy regarding face coverings in our LifeServe locations.
The health and safety of our team members, volunteers and blood donors has been LifeServe’s top priority before and throughout the pandemic. We’ve closely and consistently followed the CDC’s recommendations over time. Given the CDC’s updated guidance last week, LifeServe will no longer require fully vaccinated guests and team members to wear face coverings in our donor centers and mobile blood drives.
Appointments are still required to ensure social distancing between donors, team members, volunteers, and visitors.
The following changes will go into effect on Thursday, May 20th:
- Fully vaccinated team members, donors, and visitors to a LifeServe facility may choose whether or not to wear a face mask while at a LifeServe facility, mobile collection location, and/or when traveling in a LifeServe vehicle with other individuals.
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated donors and visitors to a LifeServe facility are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask while on site donating or visiting per CDC guidance.
What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
An individual is fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after a 2nd dose in a 2-dose vaccine series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.
Thank you for being a blood donor! We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we navigate ever-changing pandemic restrictions and guidelines.