COVID-19 Blood Donation Guidelines

Please review the blood, platelet, and plasma pre-screening criteria

Please use the following pre-screening criteria prior to scheduling your appointment.

1. Have you been in a state other than New Hampshire or Vermont in the last 7 days?

If you answer yes, and have not received both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, you must wait at least 7 days from the date of your return. If you have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is no deferral period and you are eligible to donate.

2. Have you received an approved COVID-19 vaccine in the last 3 days?

If you answer yes, you must wait at least 3 full days post vaccine (first or second dose) before donating.

3. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 or Coronavirus?

If you answer yes, you are not eligible for 28 days from last day symptomatic.

4. In the last 14 days have you had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, runny nose, or loss of taste and/or smell?

If you answer yes to any of these symptoms, you are not eligible to donate for 14 days from last day symptomatic.

5. Have you been exposed to a person who has COVID-19, or is suspected of having COVID-19?

  • If you answer yes, you are not eligible for 14 days after last day of contact.
  • If you answer yes, but as a hospital employee, with proper PPE, you are eligible to donate.

What to expect when you arrive at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

For your appointment we ask that you arrive wearing a mask (cloth or medical). If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you at the building entrance.

Please park in the parking garage. You will enter the building on Level 4. Staff will confirm that you are well and perform a quick infrared temperature reading (the handheld device is held over your forehead, but does not touch your skin). Please let them know that you have an appointment with the Blood Donor Program. There will be a bank of elevators on your left-hand side. Take those elevators to Level 2. We are located directly across from the elevators on Level 2. We have sanitizer available as soon as you enter the program, on your left-hand side.

Still have questions?

If you have any other questions, please contact Donor Relations Specialist Denee MacKenzie at