JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Millions of Floridians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers said it is safe for people who have received the shot to donate blood.
“We’re getting a lot of questions from donors right now trying to find out if they received the vaccine if they can donate,” explained Karen Patterson, community development coordinator for LifeSouth Community Blood Center.
Patterson said the answer is YES. And you don’t have to wait.
“Currently, for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, there is no deferral period for blood donors,” Patterson said. “You can get the vaccine in the morning and then donate in the afternoon.”
Patterson said there is no risk for the blood donor or the patient receiving the blood.
“It is 100% safe,” said Patterson. “All blood donations go through a very thorough testing process before the blood is actually shipped to our hospitals.”
According to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, there is currently an emergency need for O-negative blood.
To donate, visit one of LifeSouth’s donor centers in Northeast Florida at 7840 Baymeadows Way or 800 Prudential Drive inside Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. Donors can also visit a blood mobile. For more information, visit Lifesouth.org.