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Coronavirus and blood donation

Blood donation practices

  • Book an appointment to blood donation here. If you have not booked an appointment and there is room, we will be happy to accept your donation even without an appointment. 

  • You can wash or disinfect your hands upon arrival.

  • You can still wear a face mask if you wish. Blood Service offers a face mask for everyone who wants to wear one. If you want our nurse to wear a mask when dealing with you, we will follow your wishes.

  • Our staff have been instructed to stay at home if they have any flu-like symptoms.

The eligibility of blood donors

  • If you were diagnosed with COVID-19, you need to wait at least 10 days after your symptoms started (or from the day the sample was taken if you have no symptoms) before donating blood. If you have had fever over 38 degrees, you should wait at least 14 days after you have recovered. A severe infection that has required hospital treatment results in a 3-month deferral time.

  • Coronavirus vaccine does not prevent blood donation. Strong reaction to the vaccination (severe pain, fever or rash) mean you have to wait for two days after the symptoms have ended before you can donate blood.

  • Do not visit blood donation if you have been recommended to avoid contacts (when you are waiting for a coronavirus test or test results or you've had close contact to a person who has tested positive for coronavirus). Blood donation is possible when five days has passed since the beginning of the symptoms of the last family member who got sick.

  • Staff treating coronavirus patients don’t get a deferral time as long as they have been using protective equipment.

Q&A

Can I donate blood if I've had coronavirus vaccination?

Coronavirus vaccine does not prevent blood donation. Strong reaction to the vaccination (severe pain, fever or rash) mean you have to wait for two days after the symptoms have ended before you can donate blood. 

Do you test blood donors for the coronavirus?

Testing blood donors for COVID-19 is not necessary.  No bloodborne COVID-19 infections have been reported. Donors must naturally be completely well, without any symptoms.

How soon can I donate blood after my flu symptoms have gone away?

If you did not have a fever, you can donate as soon as you have been completely symptom-free for at least 24 hours. If you had a fever you need to wait at least 14 days before donating blood. In case you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you need to wait at least ten days from when the symptoms started before the donation. A severe infection that has required hospital treatment results in a 3-month deferral time.

How soon can I donate blood after close contact to a corona patient?

Blood donation is possible when five days has passed since the beginning of the symptoms of the last family member who got sick.

Staff treating coronavirus patients don’t get a deferral time as long as they have been using protective equipment.

How can I find out my blood group? Does my blood group affect my risk of catching coronavirus?

You do not need to find out your blood group on account of coronavirus. If they wish, blood donors can inquire about their blood group by calling: Free Donor Helpline 0800 05801 (Mon–Fri 8:00am–5:00pm). The Blood Service will not examine blood groups to ascertain the risk of coronavirus.

The most recent analysis of a major international research project coordinated by FIMM (Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland) researchers did not confirm the suspected effect of blood groups on the risk of contracting the coronavirus disease. A specific gene-rich region in chromosome 3 does, however, appear to be a clear risk factor. Further studies are needed to fully understand the biological mechanism involved.

In Denmark, antibody tests for coronavirus are already being carried out on blood donors. Will Finland start testing blood donors?

Many countries have begun or are beginning antibody testing, which aims to find out how much of the population has had coronavirus, possibly without being aware of the illness. Blood services in Europe are involved in the testing. In Finland the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) coordinates national projects. Currently, there is no equivalent to the Danish model under way in Finland.


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Updated COVID-19 precautions for blood donation

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Changes to coronavirus-related precautions for blood donation

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1.2.2021

Changes to donor suitability beginning 1 February

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Changes to donor suitability beginning 4 January 2021

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Face masks to be added to blood donation precautions

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New travel restrictions imposed as of 21 September

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New travel restrictions imposed as of 10 August 2020

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Blood donations to continue by appointment

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Travel restrictions on blood donations are being eased

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