Vaccinated persons may donate blood a week after being jabbed, says National Blood Centre

PETALING JAYA: The National Blood Centre says a viral WhatsApp message claiming that it does not accept blood from vaccinated persons is fake.

The centre said in a statement on Monday (Sept 13) that the recently vaccinated are given a buffer period before being allowed to donate blood, in accordance with guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“It is recommended to delay blood donation for seven days after the first or second dose of ‘non-live' vaccines,” the centre said.

Non-live vaccines refer to those such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinovac and CanSino.

"This (recommendation) is to ensure that the blood donor is at optimal health when donating blood," it added.

The centre said the country's current blood bank level showed an encouraging trend despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

"This is due to kind-hearted blood donors who have consistently given blood.

"The rising trend of blood donation will ensure supplies to the centre and (hospital) blood banks are sufficient for patients in need and to states currently facing an increase of Covid-19 cases," it said.

The centre added that blood supplies are necessary to treat cases such as blood loss due to accidents, women with labour complications, anaemic premature newborns, thalassaemia patients, cancer patients, and those suffering from kidney failure.

"There are also Covid-19 patients who need blood transfusion due to comorbidities," it said.

The centre added that it always welcomes blood donations from the public to keep the national supply at a healthy level.

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