The disproportionate increase in COVID-19 infections seriously compromises the Balearic Blood Bank, which needs 200 donations per day to guarantee adequate patient care.

The entity reported that it currently receives only 50% of donors and considers that the arrival of the omicron variant reduces its ability to obtain blood donations, which puts at risk the supply of blood components for transfusion to hospitals on the islands.

Requirements to donate

The Blood and Tissue Bank reminds the population of the requirements that people who have been vaccinated against COVID, have had the disease or are in contact with coronavirus patients and want to donate blood must follow:

Those who are vaccinated against COVID will be able to donate blood 24 hours later, as long as they are well when making the donation.

People infected with the coronavirus or with any compatible symptoms (malaise, fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, etc.) may donate 28 days after fully recovering.

If they have been in close contact with a person with coronavirus or in preventive isolation, they can donate 14 days later.

Health, auxiliary and support personnel who treat or care for people affected by COVID-19 will be able to donate when the risk contact ends.

Who can donate

Any healthy person, between 18 and 65 years old and weighing more than 50 kilos can donate blood. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes. You must make an appointment in the “Make an appointment” section on the home page of the website.

You can donate at the Blood Bank in Palma (C / Rosselló i Cazador, 20) from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., uninterruptedly, and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In the section “Where can I donate” you can check the places and times of the next campaigns.

A health worker takes a blood sample from a patient. Photo: Pixabay.