When indoors, blood donors should use a surgical mask provided by the Blood Service. Surgical masks help protect other blood donors, staff and the donors themselves. You will be provided with a mask at registration.
We recommend using surgical masks provided by the Blood Service as they give better protection than masks made of cloth or other materials. Our staff members also use surgical masks.
In addition to that, we advise that a distance of at least two metres should be kept from other donors attending the blood service point.
Why is it strongly recommended to wear a mask during blood donation?
Blood donors are strongly recommended to wear a surgical mask provided by the Blood Service during the entire blood donation session, except when drinking and eating before and after the donation. For identification purposes, donors will be asked to open one side of the mask by releasing an ear loop.
Surgical masks help protect other blood donors, nurses working at the donation site and the donors themselves against the risk of transmission and quarantine. Using your own mask is not recommended, but if you’re wearing one when you arrive you won’t have to remove it the moment you register.
Surgical masks provided by the Blood Service are many times more effective than cloth masks or ordinary single-use masks.