Blood donation is necessary all year round (Picture: Shutterstock / Belish)
As the pandemic continues, blood banks are still in need of donations to help those who need it.
Blood is necessary for operations, during some cancer treatments, as well as transfusions for blood loss from injuries or accidents.
But as more and more of the population becomes vaccinated against Covid-19, some are wondering whether it’s okay to donate after getting their shot.
So, is giving blood an option if you have had a vaccination?
Can you donate blood after the Covid vaccine?
Good news – having the vaccine doesn’t affect a person’s ability to give blood. However, you must wait seven days after the dose, before donating blood on the eighth day or afterwards.
According to blood.co.uk, this seven-day wait is so that any side-effects that occur because of the vaccine do not get confused with illness after giving blood.
Blood banks are still in need of blood and plasma (Picture: Getty Images)
What if I had a reaction to the Covid vaccine?
Some people who receive the vaccine will experience after-effects, such as tiredness, headache, temperature, aches and chills.
If this is the case, then the donor is asked to wait 28 days before giving blood.
Will someone who receives blood from a vaccinated person need a Covid jab?
You will still need to get your own vaccine if you receive the blood of someone who has had their shot.
The reason for this is that the active ingredients of the shot are unlikely to still be in the blood by the time of donation.
Having the vaccine doesn’t affect someone’s ability to give blood (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Can a blood recipient decide whether or not to receive from a vaccinated donor?
All blood donations are anonymous and confidential – no personal information about the donor is shared with the patient, nor does the person giving know anything about who will receive their donation.
As a result, there’s no way to choose the vaccination status of the person whose blood you may receive as a patient.
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