Blood donations from people who have received the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus vaccine, also called COVID-19, are no longer accepted by the Japanese Red Cross.

Individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 “are not allowed to donate blood for the time being,” according to the Japanese Red Cross website. The same page informs potential blood donors that they will be unable to donate blood for a period of time after receiving various vaccinations.

Only about 2% of the Japanese population has fully received COVID-19 vaccine, compared to more than 35% in the United States.

“It’s a bureaucratic bottleneck driven by fear that something might go wrong, so best to delay and delay,” said Kingston.
Regardless of vaccination status, America continues to accept blood donations.

Depending on the type of coronavirus vaccine they receive, vaccinated persons will be able to donate blood immediately or after a short deferral period, according to the American Red Cross website “There is no deferral time for eligible blood donors who have received a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the U.S. including J&J, Moderna and Pfizer.” 

If vaccinated persons received a live attenuated coronavirus vaccine and are unsure which type of COVID-19 vaccine they received, they must wait at least two weeks before giving blood. “Eligible blood donors who do not know what type of COVID-19 vaccine they received must wait two weeks before giving blood,” according to the American Red Cross website.

People who have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that is inactivated or RNA-based will be able to donate blood right away.

Because the approved vaccines in the United States—Pfizer, Modern, and Johnson & Johnson—are either RNA-based or employ an inactivated virus, there is essentially no barrier to vaccinate people donating blood.

“The simple answer is, there is no waiting time between vaccination and donation,” Kim Cronin, manager of donor services at Massachusetts General Hospital, said.

Donation services have positively embraced this news because blood banks have been running out of blood since the outbreak began.

“The past fourteen months have been quite challenging for those of us responsible for maintaining an adequate blood supply for patients in need,” said Cronin.