Australia’s blood stocks are expected to drop to their lowest point since the start of the pandemic after donations took a nosedive due to the current surge in flu cases across the country, as well as colds and COVID.
- There have been a large number of blood donation appointment cancellations and no-shows, due to the surge in flu cases
- Anyone who is recovering from COVID-19 and wants to give blood should wait for seven days of being symptom-free
- Bisexual and gay men, as well as trans women who have had sex with men in the last three months, cannot give blood in Australia, but advocates are calling for change
The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood needs 17,500 donors to help raise supply over the next week, with their stocks of A, O, and B blood groups under pressure.
What we can do:
All LSC&PH members have been set a challenge to donate a collective 100 times in the month of June. Simply mentioned you are donating as a LSC&PH member and your donation will count towards our goal.
visit www.lifeblood.com.au and find your nearest donation point