Are You Eligible to Donate Life-Saving Blood or Blood Components?

Review the information below to determine your eligibility for various types of donation.  

Here are the essential qualifications, depending on your donation type.  You can choose to donate whole blood or specific components through a process called apheresis or automation.  This process allows one or more specific components of blood (red cells, platelets and/or plasma) to be safely removed through a sterile process and the remaining components are safely returned to you through a sterile process.  To learn more about the donation types, visit Learn More About Blood Donation.

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More Eligibility Information

Review the blood donor education material that is FDA Required Reading to familiarize yourself before your donation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released new guidance for assessing blood donor eligibility using individual risk-based questions for all donors. All blood donors – regardless of gender, sex or sexual orientation – will be asked the same set of questions about new and multiple sexual partners in the past three months to determine eligibility.

You may not donate blood if you tested positive for or have HIV/AIDS, or participated in events known to increase exposure to the HIV/AIDS virus; tested positive for hepatitis B or C at any time, Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, lymphoma or malignant melanoma. You cannot contract blood borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS by donating blood.

Antibiotic Therapy

No wait after last dose and must be physically well and symptom-free on the day of donation  


No wait if symptom-free at time of donation and controlled with medication

Blood Pressure

No wait if blood pressure is no lower than 90/50 and no higher than 180/100


Basal cell & Squamous cell cancer of the skin acceptable after removed and healed; breast cancer in-situ or melanoma in-situ, and cervical cancer in-situ acceptable after treated and healed

Most non-blood cancers – one year wait after completion of treatment with no recurrence; must be symptom-free and released from doctor’s care


COVID-19 Test Results

Acceptable to donate if donor has had no symptoms in the last 14 days. Including those with diagnosis of COVID-19.

Donor’s diagnosed with COVID-19, but never developed symptoms, wait 14 days from positive result to donate.

COVID-19 Vaccine

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA, you are eligible to give blood with no deferral period.

At this time, if you have received any other COVID-19 vaccine, this will be considered an investigational vaccine and will require a 14 day deferral for blood donation.

Dental Care

Acceptable immediately after routine procedures (cleanings; fillings); 72-hour wait after root canal or surgery


No wait when controlled by diet or medication

Heart Attack History

One year wait after heart attack – must have been medically evaluated and released; must currently be without any symptoms, limitations or restrictions in normal daily activities and not on medications for heart disease other than aspirin and blood pressure medications


Males 13.0 g/dl; Females 12.5g/dl; Non-Binary 13.0g/dl

Immunizations (shots)

Allergy or flu vaccines are acceptable with no wait period if symptom-free; hepatitis B vaccine – 14 day wait; others 24 hours to four-week waiting period

Malarial Area Travel

Three month wait after return from visiting malaria endemic area (for any period less than five years) or three year wait after having lived in an area with malaria risk for five years or more

Piercing (ear/body)

No wait when received in a professional setting with sterile single-use equipment

Three month wait after an accidental needle stick or any other non-sterile skin penetration


No lower than 50 beats per minute and no greater than 100 beats per minute


Six week wait after vaginal delivery or pregnancy loss; six month wait after C-section


Six months wait after last seizure and symptom-free

Sickle Cell Trait

No wait if you are feeling healthy and well on the date of your donation


2 to 24 week wait depending on type of surgery. Must have healed surgical wound, resumed normal activity and been released from doctor’s care

Tattoo/Permanent Make-up

No wait when received in a state-regulated facility using sterile single-use equipment. The tattoo site must be properly healed.

Three month wait when received in District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wyoming and outside of the United States.


Visited or lived in any country with malaria risk (please see “Malarial Area Travel” above)


If you have received a transfusion of blood or a blood product, you must wait 3 months from the transfusion date prior to donating.


Permanent deferrals remain in place for donors who volunteer the following information:

• suspected of having vCJD, CJD or any other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies;
• those who have a blood relative diagnosed with familial prion disease; or
• those who received cadaveric pituitary human growth hormone

**The U.S. Food and Drug Administration removed the deferral recommendations associated with the geographic risk of vCJD:
• for time spent in the UK from 1980-1996;

• time spent in France and Ireland from 1980-2001; and
• recipients of a blood transfusion in the UK, France, or Ireland from 1980-present.


If you have additional questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call our Quality Assurance Team at
571-434-3636 or 571-434-3649.