VAAL TRIANGLE - All eligible Vaal Triangle blood donors, vaccinated or not, have been urged to urgently support the SANBS with blood donations. The SA National Blood Service (SANBS) says its blood shortages were particularly concerning as the country exits the COVID-19 third wave. SANBS medical director, Dr Karin Van Den Berg, said blood stocks were low, and that the current three-and-a-half day supply was not an accurate representation of the situation at hand. Van Den Berg said unfortunately, that is a false high level because over the weekends they don't use that much blood, but they also don't collect that much. She said by Tuesday their levels have dropped because of all the patients going for their elective care on Mondays and the use of the blood goes up, so they expect to have dropped below the three-day cover by the end of the week. She said the period between COVID-19 waves was critical as more blood was required during this time. Van Den Berg said as the COVID wave comes down, the use of blood increases as everybody's surgery that was postponed will undergo a period of catch up that goes together with significant blood utilization. The blood service urged all eligible donors - whether they were vaccinated or not - to come forward and donate.