At this time, we require both staff and donors to wear a face covering at blood drives or donation centers. Appointments are also strongly recommended.

Join the COVID Rescue team. COVID patients need you

Help COVID-19 Patients Today

Amid overwhelming pandemic news, there are rays of light, including a new donation type for those donors fully recovered from COVID-19. Convalescent plasma* is a blood component containing antibodies that may give patients an extra boost to fight their illness.

Ready to Help? You Can Be a Part of the COVID Rescue Team in 2 Different Ways.

Recovered From COVID-19? Donate Convalescent Plasma

People who have recovered from COVID-19 can join Vitalant’s COVID Rescue Team to donate potentially lifesaving convalescent plasma. Being part of the team has never been more important. This special blood plasma contains antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and each donation could be used to help up to four people still fighting COVID-19.

To be eligible for the COVID Rescue Team, you must have had COVID-19 symptoms plus:

  • A prior laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19, either by a positive nasal/oral swab test OR a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies requested by your health care provider
  • Complete resolution of symptoms for at least 28 days
  • Meet all other donor eligibility for an automated plasma donation

If you meet all the criteria above, book an appointment online by entering your zip code. After submitting your zip code, use any donate button to schedule a COVID plasma appointment (or plasma appointment if COVID plasma is not listed as a procedure type in your location).

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Blood donors are NOT tested for coronavirus. Do not donate blood if you are sick.

NOTE: Donors who receive a positive antibody test result from Vitalant or any other blood bank or community screening effort are NOT automatically qualified to give a convalescent plasma donation. We strongly encourage you to come back and donate plasma so we can test your blood again per new FDA guidance to further determine your antibody status. If your blood tests positive again for antibodies, your plasma could go to a COVID-19 patient and you would be eligible to give future convalescent plasma donations.

If you have any questions about donating convalescent plasma or need assistance scheduling an appointment, call 866-CV-PLSMA (866-287-5762).

Hear from a Convalescent Plasma Donor

Covid Rescue Team donor Ryan talks about his experience donating convalescent plasma

Host a Blood Drive & Become a COVID Rescue Team Leader

Vitalant is looking for COVID Rescue Team Leaders to host a blood drive! All donations are currently being tested for COVID-19 antibodies. By hosting a blood drive you’re recruiting donors who may have antibodies to potentially help those battling the virus.

You can host a blood drive in one of two ways:

  1. Host a traditional blood drive at your business, place of worship or local organization and ask your contacts to donate.
  2. Host a virtual blood drive by asking your friends and family to donate at a local Vitalant donation center or local blood drive.

Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll connect you with an experienced donor recruitment representative who will guide you every step of the way to ensure your blood drive is a success.

HOST A BLOOD DRIVE

Donate Blood or Platelets

All blood and platelet donations are currently being tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Donors who receive a positive result from the Vitalant COVID-19 supplemental antibody test may be eligible to become a convalescent plasma donor and join the COVID Rescue Team.

If your blood test is negative for COVID-19 antibodies, your blood and platelet donations are still very much needed for patients undergoing surgery, cancer therapy and other medical treatments.

Will you schedule your donation appointment today? Book an appointment online by entering your zip code. After submitting your zip code, use any donate button to schedule an appointment.

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*COVID-19 convalescent plasma has not been approved or licensed by the FDA; COVID-19 convalescent plasma has been authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization (EUA); COVID-19 convalescent plasma is authorized only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic under section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.