Your blood makes a difference
30 August 2021
We are taking five from COVID-19 to discuss the vital and versatile topic of blood, which is critical to 22 different medical treatments and countless lives.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the state’s blood stocks were low and invited everyone to roll up their sleeves and give blood at their local donor centre.
“Queenslanders have spent the last 18 months demonstrating how willing they are to show up for their community. This is no different,” Dr Young said.
“I would urge everyone who can give blood to reach out to their local donor centre and make a booking. Help save a life – it makes a world of difference to so many people.
“In fact, one blood donation can save as many as three lives.”
Dr Young said it doesn’t matter what type of blood donation a person chooses – blood, plasma, platelets – it can all be donated just one week after the COVID-19 vaccination.
“A person can donate blood just seven days after they receive the COVID-19 vaccination,” she said.
“After you get the jab, go online and check your eligibility to give blood then simply make an appointment.
“It’s a very easy experience from start to finish, plus it doesn’t cost a thing except an hour of your time.”
Dr Young thanked everyone who had generously donated their time and blood so far this year, adding it was important to book regularly.
“Donated blood can only be stored for 42 days, and we need tens of thousands of donations every week, so it’s vital we give back regularly,” she said.
“You can donate blood every 12 weeks, so let’s all pop it in our diaries today and make a standing date to show up for one another.”
Find out what is pulse-able by visiting www.donateblood.com.au, finding a local donor centre and giving blood today.