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Urgent Updates

10/19/21 - 10/26/21 Blood Shortages:

O positive  

O positive

A positive  

A positive

B negative  

B negative

Access to the NIH Blood Bank
Blood donors may park in the usual reserved spaces on the ground floor of the MLP-9 above ground garage, or underground in the P1 garage. With an appointment confirmation issued from the blood bank, use the MLP-9 parking, donors should call 301-496-1048 upon arrival and proceed to the side entrance just past the main entrance of the blood bank. Donors without a confirmation may not use this entrance; parking underground in P1 is preferred or you can walk to the North entrance for screening.

Donor Room Safety Precautions
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented social distancing precautions and additional cleaning procedures for your protection. Please consider postponing your donation if you have traveled from areas with high transmission of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, even if you do not have any symptoms.

Can I Donate Blood?
The usual eligibility criteria for blood donation are still in effect. Additionally, please do not donate blood or platelets if any of the following apply to you:

In the last 14 days

  • You have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19
  • You have had close contact with someone who was diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19

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This page last updated on 10/19/2021

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