Blood Drives

Organized by Student Leadership and Involvement Community Service Program with the American Red Cross
Staffed by Order of Omega (Greek Honor Society)

Our Fall 2021 Blood Drive is September 1st and 2nd. You can donate between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday in the MUB Ballroom.

The American Red Cross recommends everyone make an appointment in order to prevent too many people in the Rozsa at a time. To Schedule an appointment please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the website prior to the drive or by coming in person the day of and signing up for a time that fits your schedule. ALL individuals at the blood drive must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. 

Important information to know about COVID-19 vaccine and blood donor eligibility:

Individuals that received a COVID-19 vaccine will need to provide the manufacturer name when they present to donate. Upon vaccination, individuals should receive a card or printout indicating what vaccine was received, and the Red Cross is encouraging donors to bring that card with them to their next donation.

The following eligibility guidelines apply to each COVID-19 vaccine received, including boosters:

  • There is no deferral time for eligible blood donors who are vaccinated with an inactivated or RNA based COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna or Pfizer.
  • Eligible blood donors who are vaccinated with a replication defective virus COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca or Janssen/J&J must wait two weeks before giving blood.
  • Eligible blood donors who do not know what type of COVID-19 vaccine they received must wait four weeks before giving blood.
  • Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma.
  • Regardless of the type of vaccine an individual receives, all donors must be symptom free and feeling well at the time of donation. If an individual is experiencing any symptoms from the COVID-19 vaccine, the Red Cross asks that they postpone their donation until they are feeling better.

For more information: https://www.redcrossblood.org/faq.html#eligibility

How often can one give blood?
Regulations in the United States allow people to donate whole blood once every 56 days.  For power red donations, it is once every 112 days up to 3 times  ayear.

How do I know if I am eligible to donate blood? 
You must be in good health, be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds for whole blood donation.  For those wishing to donate power red: Male donors must be at least 17 years old, at least 5'1" and weigh at least 130 pounds. Female donors must be at least 19 years old, at least 5'5" and weigh at least 150 pounds. 

What can I do if I am not eligible to donate?
While you may be unable to donate blood, there are other ways you can help. You can recruit other suitable donors or volunteer to help make a donor’s experience a positive one.

Please contact Student Leadership and Involvement at 487-1963 to volunteer.

How long does it take to donate blood?
The whole process takes about an hour. It starts with registration, a health history, and a mini-physical. Then comes the actual donation, which usually takes less than 10-12 minutes. Afterward, you will be asked to spend 10 - 15  minutes in the "canteen" where you can have a light refreshment before returning to your normal activities.

Pro-tip: For your best donation experience, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment online, and complete your RapidPass ahead of time.