If you’ve received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19, you are still eligible to donate blood! 

Additionally, please note that, even as the CDC eases guidelines on masking for fully-vaccinated individuals, SBC still requires ALL donors to be masked throughout the donation process, including while waiting outside of a mobile/bus blood drive.

Learn more at stanfordbloodcenter.org/covid-19.

Did you know…?

About every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

That means, this many people have needed blood since you arrived here:

Today’s Blood Need

Click a blood type or product below to learn more. Those in red indicate an increased need today.

Make Blood Donation Part of Your New Normal

This August, we’re encouraging you to keep blood donation top-of-mind with our “New Normal” campaign!

As our community opens up and we find ourselves packing our schedules, making up for lost trips, time with friends, and so much more we’ve missed over these last few years, it’s critical we keep making time to support patients. While the world around us may be changing, the need for blood never has. That’s why we — and the patients we serve — are counting on you to make blood donation part of your New Normal.

As a special thanks to you for donating during the month of August, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win one of eight Apple Watches. Plus, anyone who commits to making an additional appointment within a year* will be entered to win our grand prize: a Peloton Bike plus one year membership!

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Blood Donation: How it Works

Preparing to donate

Before your appointment:

  • Always be sure to drink plenty of water before donating blood!
  • Eat an iron-rich meal. Eating enough iron is essential to ensuring that your hemoglobin level is right for donating. You can check out some tips on getting enough iron here.
  • Bring your donor ID. If you have a donor ID, be sure to bring it with you to your appointment. First-time donors or returning donors without a donor ID card should bring a valid state-issued photo identification.

Avoid alcohol and fatty foods for 24 hours, and aspirin (if donating platelets) for 48 hours, before your donation.

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The Donation Process

Congratulations, you made an appointment to donate blood and save lives! So what happens now? There are four basic steps to every blood donation:

  1. Registration
  2. Medical History
  3. Donation
  4. Rest & Refreshments
post-donation

After your blood donation:

  • Always be sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate.
  • Sit down or lie down if you feel lightheaded or dizzy. Call our post-donation callback line at (650) 725-9968 if you feel unwell.
  • Rest and replenish iron. We recommend you take an iron supplement and/or eat foods rich in iron combined with a source of vitamin C after your donation.

Avoid alcoholic beverages and vigorous exercise for at least 24 hours after donating, and be sure to keep that bandage on for a few hours!

Please call our post-donation callback line at (650) 725-9968 immediately if you:

  • feel that your blood should not be given to a patient;
  • are not sure that your blood is safe;
  • develop a fever within 24 hours after donating;
  • have any illness within two weeks of your donation; or
  • are diagnosed by a physician as having West Nile, dengue, chikungunya, Zika, or Ebola virus Infection.