Donors needed immediately as blood shortage continues

Bloodworks Northwest has declared a “Code Red” alert due to the significantly low blood supply, affecting local hospitals and trauma centers across the Pacific Northwest over the last three weeks.

The near-empty shelves at Bloodworks hold less than a 24-hour supply, and there is a struggle to keep hospital inventories full. Due to this shortage, hospitals have been advised to conserve their on-site supplies for emergency needs.

According to Bloodworks:

  • Donations are short 700 units a week compared to the need; 35,000 donors needed to fill open appointments by Memorial Day; 78,000 by Independence Day.
  • A sustained increase in patient demand for blood, combined with low donor turnout, means only 85% of the blood needed by local patients is now available.
  • There is no waiting period before giving blood after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

There is a donor center in Lynnwood where people can make appointments:

Lynnwood Center
19723 Highway 99, Suite F
Lynnwood, WA 98036​


  1. FYI – just checked the Lynnwood Center for an appointment. There are none available until May 12. It’s the only day until May 17.

    Everett too has no openings until May 12. North Seattle’s first available is May 25.

    If they have an immediate need, they aren’t making it easy for people to help.

    1. I just now made an appointment for a Wednesday donation. Just call in. They have cancellations that need filling.

  2. There are pop-up locations that have sooner availability and sometimes at fun locations! I went to the Nile Golf Course last week and was at T-mobile field last year:

    It looks like there are available spots at the Lynnwood Convention Center this Thursday and Friday:

  3. Thank you for the information Elizabeth.

    There’s no link to schedule online for the convention center pop up but they give a phone number. Will give a call.

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