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Coronavirus and blood donation

The Blood Service continues to operate during the emergency to provide patients with blood products every day. We have collected the information concerning the coronavirus and blood donation on this webpage.

At the moment the Blood Service centres are open primarily for the donors who have booked an appointment:
https://www.bloodservice.fi/blood-donation/services-for-blood-donors/book-an-appointment1

You can book an appointment to one of our Blood Service centres here. You can also schedule an appointment for some of the blood donation events in Eastern and Central Finland here. We are in the process of extending the appointments system to cover also other areas. 

We continue to care about the safety of blood donors even in exceptional circumstances. As such, we are changing some practices at blood donation sites as of 18 March 2020.​

  • Only blood donors are allowed to enter the donation area. Children or escorts may not accompany donors to the donation point during the pandemic.
  • Blood donors are immediately checked upon arrival to confirm that they do not have any flu-like symptoms.
  • Each donor is directed to wash or disinfect their hands upon arrival.
  • Restrictions will be in place to limit the number of people attending the blood service point at the same time.
  • We advise that a distance of at least one metre should be kept from other donors attending the blood service point.
  • We have increased the level of cleaning at our premises and our staff have been instructed to stay at home if they have any flu-like symptoms.
  •  It is essential that healthy people continue to donate blood. Severely ill patients and others in dire need, such as victims of accidents, need blood products on a daily basis during the epidemic period.

Details on the current blood service points and their opening hours can be found here:
https://www.bloodservice.fi/blood-donation/donate-blood/where-can-you-donate

You can also find our updates in Facebook and Twitter (mostly in Finnish).

Q&A

Is it possible to donate blood during the epidemic?

Yes. The Blood Service operates normally regardless of the emergency. It is crucial that healthy people continue to donate blood so that patients can have access to the blood products they need. 

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.

Do I need to schedule an appointment?

At the moment the Blood Service centres are open primarily for the donors who have booked an appointment. You can do it here. With this measure, we can limit the number of donors present at the service point at any one time. If the appointments schedule is full, please book an appointment for another day. Blood is needed by patients every weekday.

You can also schedule an appointment for some of the blood donation events in Eastern and Central Finland here. You do not need an appointment for other blood donation events at the moment. We are in the process of extending the appointments system to cover also other areas.  

Why are blood donation events being cancelled?

Unfortunately, we have been forced to cancel some blood donation events during the epidemic, e.g. because of a lack of suitable premises. Please check our up-to-date opening hours before coming to donate: https://www.bloodservice.fi/blood-donation/donate-blood/where-can-you-donate

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 are completely symptom-free. If you had a fever or were diagnosed with COVID-19, you need to wait at least 14 days before donating blood. The 14-day waiting period also applies if someone close to you (living in the same household) has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Is donating blood dangerous during the epidemic?

We take care of the safety of our blood donors. Our preparations for the pandemic are listed here. Only healthy people with no symptoms of flu are allowed to donate blood. Donating blood does not lower your resistance to infection.

Has the coronavirus caused any new restrictions related to foreign travel?

A waiting period of 14 days has been set for everyone returning to Finland from EU-, EFTA countries or Britain. Those returning from other parts of the world cannot donate blood for at least 28 days.
 

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Precautionary measures taken by the Finnish Blood Service during the pandemic

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