Donate Convalescent Plasma
Donate convalescent plasma: be a part of the solution
Convalescent plasma is needed from individuals who have fully recovered from a COVID-19 infection. This plasma will then be used to create treatments for patients currently facing the coronavirus.
“We have an opportunity to directly treat patients who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus,” said Dr. Todd Straus, Chief Medical Officer, The Community Blood Center. “However, it relies on individuals who have previously been diagnosed and have since recovered. We need these people in our community to come forward and donate plasma.”
As of July 16, CBC is conducting the coronavirus antibody test on blood, platelet and plasma donations to identify possible convalescent plasma donors. This testing will help us potentially identify more donors who can help patients suffering from the coronavirus. We are still trying to directly connect with those who have recovered from COVID-19.
If you are a fully recovered COVID-19 patient and want to join us in being a part of this solution, please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch soon.
Notification of test results:
- If antibodies are detected in your blood sample, you’ll receive a letter in the mail 7-10 days after donating. This letter will contain information about the antibodies and next steps for becoming a convalescent plasma donor. Upon receipt of the letter, we encourage donors to call with questions or to schedule a convalescent plasma donation. Please note: due to the special nature of this donation type, appointments must be made over the phone and cannot be scheduled online. Please call (920) 560-6630 to schedule a convalescent plasma donation.
- CBC only notifies blood donors of test results when they are positive. It is possible your unit may not be tested for the coronavirus antibodies. If you are not notified of a positive test result indicating the detection of coronavirus antibodies, you should not assume you had a negative test result.
Additional information related to the use of convalescent plasma:
- COVID-19 convalescent plasma has not been approved or licensed by FDA;
- COVID-19 convalescent plasma has been authorized by FDA under an 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.
Paul’s Convalescent Plasma Donation
“It was pretty much a no brainer,” said Paul of his willingness to donate convalescent plasma and help others through their battles with COVID-19.
Paul recalls having 12 days of body aches, a fever and two days of an excruciating headache – an experience he wouldn’t ever wish on someone else. But he wasn’t alone, he and his son had COVID-19 at the same time.
Once recovered, donating convalescent plasma was something Paul and his son did together. Both wanted to donate convalescent plasma to do something for their community and help people who are suffering from COVID-19.
“I’m just glad I’m able to help. Hopefully they are able to return to their normal life much quicker,” said Paul.
Paul’s hope is that by sharing his story, more people who have recovered from COVID-19 will want to help out their community, too.
“If you can donate, please do,’ added Paul. “It’s 40 minutes in the chair. It’s not long at all. Help out others wherever you can.”
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