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Urgent Updates

Current Blood Shortages

African American Whole Blood Donors Urgently Needed

Donor Information

Blood type needs change daily. If you are not sure of your next eligible donation date, please call the NIH Blood Bank at (301) 496-1048.

Walk-in donors are welcome Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 4:30pm.

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Urgent Updates

4/6/21 - 4/19/21 Blood Shortages:

O positive  

O positive

O negative  

O negative

B positive  

B positive

Access to the NIH Blood Bank
Blood donors may park in the usual reserved spaces on the ground floor of the MLP-9 above ground garage, or underground in the P1 garage. With an appointment confirmation issued from the blood bank, use the MLP-9 parking, donors should call 301-496-1048 upon arrival and proceed to the side entrance just past the main entrance of the blood bank. Donors without a confirmation may not use this entrance; parking underground in P1 is preferred or you can walk to the North entrance for screening.

Donor Room Safety Precautions
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented social distancing precautions and additional cleaning procedures for your protection. Please consider postponing your donation if you have traveled from areas with high transmission of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, even if you do not have any symptoms.

Can I Donate Blood?
The usual eligibility criteria for blood donation are still in effect. Additionally, please do not donate blood or platelets if any of the following apply to you:

In the last 14 days

  • You have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19
  • You have had close contact with someone who was diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19
  • You have had a COVID-19 vaccine
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Donors are welcome Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:30pm

  • Deliver hope to others
  • Become part of the solution
  • Add meaning to your day

Call the NIH Blood Bank for an appointment at (301)-496-1048.

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This page last updated on 04/06/2021

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