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Who can donate plasma?

If you have recovered from a positive test result for coronavirus, or had symptoms of the virus, you may be able to donate plasma to help with research into treatments for COVID-19 patients.

It is important that donors are well enough to donate and meet blood donation eligibility criteria, so not everyone will be able to donate.

Could you donate plasma?

You may be able to give plasma if you:

  • are fit and healthy
  • are aged 17 or over
  • have enough blood to donate safely. This is based on your height and weight and we'll discuss it with you

There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to donate, even if you are a suitable plasma donor.

Common reasons include:

  • if you are receiving medical or hospital treatment
  • if you are taking medication
  • after travelling outside of the UK
  • after having a tattoo or piercing
  • if you feel ill
  • if you have cancer

There are other reasons why you might not be able to donate. The rules are the same as blood donation. Use this tool to check you can donate

Register your interest

If you have recovered from COVID-19 you may be able to help coronavirus patients by registering to donate plasma.

Plasma donation takes around 45 minutes

Plasma safety 

We must make sure it is safe for people to give plasma and for people to receive donated plasma. Click each section to see the plasma safety information.  

After you've registered

After you've registered there is likely to be a few weeks' delay before we contact you to ask further questions and discuss any next steps. 

Many people want to help and we will be doing our best to work through everyone's applications quickly.

Not everyone who fills in the form will be able to donate. Initially, we will prioritise appointments for:

  • people who’ve tested positive for coronavirus (rather than people who’ve had symptoms but not been tested)
  • blood donors who’ve had coronavirus - they are most likely to meet the eligibility criteria
  • people who live in or near our main collection centres 

We are currently collecting plasma no sooner than 28 days after recovery and will mainly collect donations at one of our main donor centres.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone

Adam holds a bag of his plasma

Adam Drew, 25, from Chessington, donated convalescent plasma at the Tooting donor centre

Read stories from plasma donors

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