Because of You, We Can Fight COVID-19
Vitalant is collecting plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19. Called “convalescent plasma,” it contains antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which can be given to patients currently fighting COVID-19. Together, we can save lives.
To be eligible, you must have:
- A prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test OR a documented test result that is positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
- Complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days (some hospitals require more time)
- A current negative nasal swab test result for COVID-19 if you will donate 14-27 days after your symptoms have fully subsided (fever, cough, shortness of breath). This test is not required if you donate 28 days or more after symptoms fully subside
- All other donor eligibility for an automated plasma donation
Blood donors are NOT tested for coronavirus. Do not donate blood if you are sick.
APPLY TO DONATE PLASMA
What Happens After I Apply?
- Based on your responses in the form, you’ll receive an email from Vitalant within 24 hours with more information on your eligibility to donate convalescent plasma. If you don’t receive an email within 24 hours, be sure to check your spam/junk folder.
- If you are eligible to donate convalescent plasma, the email you receive from Vitalant will outline any required documentation and next steps to get your appointment set up.
- If you are eligible, please reach out to us at the contact information provided in the email you receive as soon as possible so we can get your critical donation appointment set up.
If you have questions, call 866-CV-PLSMA (866-287-5762).
How Will Vitalant Use My Plasma?
The Food and Drug Administration is allowing the transfusion of convalescent plasma as an investigational treatment. It’s currently the only antibody treatment available for COVID-19 patients. Vitalant is working with hospitals to collect, process and distribute the plasma for treatment in patients with active, serious COVID-19 infections.
Additionally, Vitalant Research Institute is developing technologies to detect and quantify virus-fighting antibodies to COVID-19.
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Where Can I Donate Plasma?
Vitalant continues to expand the number of locations where we collect convalescent plasma. We will provide additional information to those who fill out the form.
What Should I Expect When Donating Plasma?
Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood. A plasma donation only takes about an hour; however, with the medical screening and review of your health history, you should plan for about 2 hours total. We use a specialized process called apheresis that allows Vitalant to separate and collect only specific blood components—like plasma—while safely returning the remaining components to the donor.
Are You a Patient or Family Member?
If you or a loved one are currently battling COVID-19, we absolutely hear your urgent need. Convalescent plasma treatment is a promising light in these dark times. Vitalant does not provide convalescent plasma directly to individuals. Please contact your clinician to explore the potential for receiving this treatment.