Let’s debunk some myths.
Yes, you can and should donate blood, even during COVID-19. Blood donations are down and deperately needed, particularly for those battling Covid-19 in hospitals. Your blood may provide life saving antibodies. Questions have come up about whether blood can be given from those who have had and recovered from Covid-19, those who have had the vaccine, and those who have not had the vaccine yet. Here are the guidelines for giving blood: Red Cross Blood Donation Guidelines
Through this worldwide pandemic, accidents and injuries still ocurr. Your neighbor might have a life-threatening auto accident, hurt themself with a chainsaw, or have a child with hemofilia (a bleeding disorder). All of these require blood transfusions, as well as surgeries that don’t go as planned.
The American Red Cross is following Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blood donation eligibility guidance for those who received a Covid-19 vaccination. In most cases, there are no delays for donors that have received a vaccine including only one shot prior to the second shot. Bring your vaccination card with you when you donate. Your vaccination card will provide the vaccine manufacturer information and when the vaccine was received.
The Red Cross is also testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for Covid-19 antibodies. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for Covid-19 antibodies help current coronavirus patients in need of plasma transfusions. So if you have survived the Covid-19 virus, donate blood. Your antibodies will help others in need.
If you have had not had the Covid-19 vaccine, not had the virus, and are not suffering any virus symptoms, you are also still eligible to donate blood.
Blood donations are needed since supplies are very low. To learn how and where you can make a blood donation as well as more information about Covid-19 and giving blood, visit the American Red Cross website or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).