Dear Valued SANBS Stakeholder
With the roll out of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme, more South Africans, including blood donors, are queueing up to get the COVID jab. SANBS does not defer vaccinated persons from donating, nor do we record whether a donor was vaccinated or not. This is in line with other international blood services.
We are confident that the currently approved vaccines do not pose a safety risk to blood recipients. We follow international blood collection best practice and act quickly if there is any concern regarding blood product safety or possible harm to our patients.
We urge all healthy donors to come forward and continue to donate much needed, life-saving blood.