Individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are allowed to donate their blood, the Department of Health said Thursday.
The DOH issued the advisory to clarify an image circulating on social media that vaccinated individuals cannot donate blood supposedly because their blood is no longer healthy.
"Anyone who has been vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine may donate blood," the DOH said.
When can you donate blood?
The DOH said vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic can donate blood anytime, while those who have been infected with COVID-19 can do so 14 days after resolution of symptoms or recovery.
Other things to consider before blood donation
If you want to make a blood donation, you must also consider the following criteria, according to the DOH:
1. You must be at the ages 16 to 65 with a weight of not less than 50 kilos
2. You must not have undergone minor/major surgery, new tattoos, body piercings, anti-rabies/anti-tetanus vaccine for the past year.
3. You must not be involved in high-risk behaviors, such as casual sex, male to male sex, and multiple sexual partners
4. If you have diabetes and hypertension, it must be controlled.
5. If you have other diseases, you will need to be assessed first.
"Let us be mindful of the information we share. Misinformation can mean life or death. Accurate, timely information saves lives," the DOH reminded the public.