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COVID-19 VACCINE

 

COVID-19 VACCINE AND BLOOD DONATION

The blood bank has implemented a new blood donation eligibility guideline for donors who received a covid-19 vaccine and the deferral period may vary depending on the type of vaccine received or if you developed symptoms after receiving the vaccine.

Type of COVID-19 Vaccine

Deferral Period

Inactivated viruses or vaccines that do not contain live agents

(e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine)

No side effects

3 days after vaccination

 

Side effects excluding fever, muscle ache, joint pain and rash.

1 week after side effects are resolved

 

Side effects such as fever, muscle ache, joint pain and rash.

 

4 weeks after side effects are resolved

 

Virus vector based or live attenuated

 

No side effects

 

4 weeks after vaccination

Side effects excluding fever, muscle ache, joint pain and rash.

1 week after side effects are resolved

If the side effects are resolved in less than 4 weeks, donors must still wait for 4 weeks after vaccination before they can donate blood.

 

Side effects such as fever, muscle ache, joint pain and rash.

4 weeks after side effects are resolved

 

 

FAQ on COVID-19 VACCINATION and BLOOD DONATION

1. What kind of side effects should I look out for?

As with other established vaccines, you may experience some effects such as pain, redness, swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle ache, fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and joint pain after vaccination. They are common and expected as part of the body’s natural response. These side effects usually resolve within a few days.  If you feel unwell or are concerned about your health, you may wish to consult a doctor.

2. What information do I need to provide to the blood bank?

Donors are required to provide information about their vaccination – date of vaccination and brand of vaccine, and any side effects, as part of the donation pre-screening process.

3. Why is there a longer waiting period for live-attenuated virus vaccine?

The 4-week waiting period for live-attenuated vaccine is due to patient safety consideration. This is because blood from a recently vaccinated donor may contain an infective agent which although not harmful to the donor, may theoretically pose a risk to patients who are immune-suppressed or immunocompromised such as cancer patients.

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