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Coronavirus Update: What patients and families need to know

Am I Eligible to Donate Blood?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed some of the eligibility criteria for blood donation in April 2020. The Children’s National Blood Donor Center has not yet implemented these changes but is working hard to update our policies and blood donation questionnaire. Please check back in the first half of June 2020 for updated eligibility criteria.


In order to donate blood you must meet these preliminary requirements:

  • Healthy and feeling well
  • Able to consume a full meal
  • Weigh more than 110 lbs

If you are unsure about eligibility, please read further eligibility criteria or call the Blood Donor Center at 202-476-5437.

Possibly Ineligible (feel free to call the Blood Donor Center for more information)

  • If you had shots or vaccinations in the past 8 weeks.
  • If you had major illness in the past 6 months.
  • If you traveled outside the U.S. or Canada in the past 3 years. 

Temporarily Ineligible

  • If you have been on an antibiotic or medication for an infection, dental work, cold or illness in the last 3 days.
  • If you have snorted cocaine, smoked synthetic marijuana or had a tattoo or ear/body piercing in the last 12 months.

Permanently Ineligible

  • If you lived in the United Kingdom from 1980-1996 for a total time of 3 months or more.
  • If you lived in Europe from 1980-present for a total time of 5 years or more. 
  • If you have used illegal drugs with a needle.
  • If you have ever tested positive for HIV/AIDS. See important notice from the FDA.

If you are eligible, schedule an appointment to donate blood today.