If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, face masks are no longer required to donate blood. We ask that you continue wearing face coverings if you are not fully vaccinated or you desire an additional level of safety.
Our organizational responsibility and commitment to keep our donors and employees safe is our priority, and we will maintain COVID-19 safety protocols. These requirements are consistent with the advice and recommendations of health professionals and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
ATTENTION: There remains an urgent need for blood donors amid the pandemic. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center needs 1,000 blood donations a day to support patients in our local hospitals. If you are feeling healthy and well, please schedule an appointment to give blood.
Prior to August 1, 2021, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center was performing COVID-19 antibody testing on all blood donations. The decision to end this program on August 1 was made prior to the emergence of the Delta Variant of COVID-19. Due to a renewed interest from donors in the antibody testing program, internal discussions are ongoing concerning the program's return at a future date.