Can you give blood after COVID-19 vaccination? What’re spike proteins?

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Here are answers to R-S reader questions about the coronavirus. Questions have been edited for clarity, length and accuracy.

Blood donations and the COVID-19 vaccine

Q: Can you give blood if you’ve been vaccinated?

A: Assuming you have no other health issue and were otherwise approved to donate, yes, you can give blood, platelets or plasma after a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the American Red Cross.

However, knowing which manufacturer’s vaccine you received is important in determining your blood donation eligibility,” the Red Cross said. Donors are encouraged to bring their CDC card or other card or printout received when they were vaccinated. This should include which COVID-19 vaccine(s) you received and the dates got them.

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