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COVID-19 & Blood Donation

Beginning August 1, 2021 OneBlood is requiring all donors to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Our decision to return to requiring masks for all donors comes after the CDC updated its masking guidelines and recommends fully vaccinated people to begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high COVID-19 transmission rates.

OneBlood’s entire service area is experiencing a significant surge of COVID-19 cases.  We will continue to follow recommendations by the CDC to help keep our team members and donors safe.

Convalescent Plasma FAQ's

Yes. OneBlood is distributing COVID-19 convalescent plasma to hospitals daily throughout the southeastern United States. 

OneBlood is doing selective COVID-19 antibody testing on donations that meet the FDA’s updated standards for convalescent plasma donor eligibility criteria and generating convalescent plasma from these donations.

We continue to monitor the pandemic closely and will adjust our operations as needed, just as we have done since the start of the pandemic. 

After more than a year of collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma, OneBlood stopped collecting convalescent plasma on June 29, 2021.

Yes! We strongly encourage convalescent plasma donors to please make an appointment to donate blood or platelets at a OneBlood donor center or Big Red Bus.

COVID-19 Antibody FAQ's

After more than a year of testing all donations for the COVID-19 antibody, on June 29, 2021 OneBlood made the decision to stop COVID-19 antibody testing.

If you received a COVID-19 antibody test during a previous donation between May 2020 and June 2021 you will still have access to your past test results online via your personal donor dashboard or through the OneBlood donor app.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ's

If you receive the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine there is no waiting period to donate blood or platelets. However, if you receive an unapproved COVID-19 vaccine you are not eligible to donate blood,
like any other experimental medication associated with a research study.

When you receive your COVID-19 vaccination you should receive a vaccination card indicating which COVID-19 vaccine you received.

During the registration process to donate blood, your OneBlood phlebotomist will ask you if you received a COVID-19 vaccine, which vaccine you received, and when you received it. The FDA requires that these questions be asked to determine donor eligibility. If you do not know the answers, you will not be able to donate. To simplify the process, you can also bring your COVID-19 vaccination card and show it to your phlebotomist.

If you arrive to donate blood and you do not know which COVID-19 vaccine you received you will not be able to donate blood and will need to wait two weeks before donating blood, as a precautionary measure.

It’s important that people who are eligible to donate blood, platelets or convalescent plasma make it habit.  By donating each time you are eligible you are helping ensure a ready supply is available at all times.  

To make an appointment to donate blood or platelets click here.

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