COVID-19 and Blood Donation

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant lots of changes to our routine blood drive schedules, policies, and procedures! Here you can find a list of our materials, updates, and more.

Great news! The COVID-19 vaccine does NOT impact donating blood. We’d love to see you soon!

CURRENT DONATION INFORMATION

Current Deferral Information
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Current LifeServe Mask Policy

UPDATES

Convalescent Plasma Donor and Recipient Stories
We’re Still Hiring!
Walk-Ins Discouraged
A Letter To Our Chair People
COVID-19 Heroes
 

INFOGRAPHICS AND VIDEOS

COVID-19 Precautions
FDA Urges Blood Donors to Give
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Gives Blood
US Surgeon General Asks Americans to Give Blood
Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg Gives Blood
Convalescent Plasma Flyer

COVID-19 FAQ

  • The safety of our blood supply and our blood donors is our top priority. As a healthcare type organization, cleaning has always been the name of the game. We have doubled (maybe even tripled!) our disinfecting and sanitizing routines. We’re also practicing social distancing as recommended by the CDC. That’s why it’s important for donors to schedule an appointment – we are not accepting walk-in donors so we can ensure a safe environment for donors and our team members.

    Additionally, LifeServe Blood Center has implemented additional donor screening questions and is monitoring the health of every LifeServe team member.

  • Yes!  We have team members dedicated to disinfecting donor chairs, snack areas, equipment, doorknobs, counters, and other high traffic areas. We routinely clean at blood drives, but have doubled our efforts.

  • Our regular screening process will catch an unwell donor, but to put in an extra line of defense, we have added additional screening questions and procedures regarding donor travel and exposure to COVID-19.  We follow all guidelines and criteria for blood donor suitability from the FDA and CDC.

    Additionally, we’re asking that donors check their temperature before coming to their appointment. Only donors with temperatures under 99.5 will be allowed to donate. If your temperature is higher than 99.5, please cancel your appointment and reschedule for a later date.

  • The health of our team members is extremely important, and another critical asset to ensure the health of our blood donors.  LifeServe team members are required to take their temperature before reporting to work. Team members with a fever are required to stay home until they have been fever free (without the use of medication to reduce fever) for 72 hours. 

  • Blood drives and donor centers have been exempted from the recommendation that gatherings of ten be cancelled, per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Blood is a critical part of healthcare and blood drives are essential to the health of our country.

  • There have been no known transfusion-related transmissions of novel COVID-19 or other coronaviruses. This coronavirus is not transmitted through blood. Recipients are at no risk of contracting COVID-19 due to a blood transfusion.

  • No. We are not shortening the deferral time between donations. These time periods are set by the FDA to ensure donor safety.

  • Blood donors who are feeling healthy and well are generally eligible to donate. For more information on donor eligibility, click here.

  • No, you do not need to know your blood type in order to schedule an appointment. We look forward to being able to share that information with you post-donation! We encourage first time donors to book a whole blood appointment. Book your appointment here.

  • Yes, but it can be avoided by consistent volunteer donor turnout. Since COVID-19 is a global issue, it’s critical to have steady donations over the next few months. There’s not a blood center in the country that’s not affected by this pandemic – which means the national blood supply is drastically impacted.

  • No.

  • Schedule an appointment to give blood in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead! We’re trying to ensure a stable blood supply in the coming weeks ahead and consistent donor appointments will guarantee that!

  • No. We are not accepting walk ins at this time in order to maintain adequate social distancing and enhanced health and safety protocols. 

  • No. Only blood donated with LifeServe Blood Center is transfused at local hospitals. LifeServe is the sole provider of blood to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. 

  • There is no wait period after receiving the vaccine before you can donate blood.