At a time when the need for whole blood donations from healthy individuals remains at an all-time high, we are also seeking blood plasma donations through the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program.
“We are grateful to everyone who has shown up to donate blood at our Blood Donor Center during the COVID-19 pandemic, and can’t stress enough the continued need for blood and platelet donations even as shelter in restrictions are slowly being lifted in the community,” said Amy Khalil, Baystate Health’s blood donor recruiter.
“Baystate is proud now to announce that we are joining with hospitals nationwide in seeking plasma donations after recovery,” she added.
How can your blood plasma help others?
If you have had COVID-19 and are fully recovered, you may be able to help save the lives of other COVID-19 patients by donating your plasma.
Your plasma (sometimes called "convalescent plasma") now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies helped your immune system to defeat the virus when you were sick, which means that your plasma may be able to help others who are now infected with the disease.
What are the requirements to donate COVID-19 plasma?
To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be eligible to donate blood.
- You must have a prior COVID-19 diagnosis documented by a laboratory test.
- You must be fully recovered for at least 28 days, or have no symptoms for at least 14 days and have a negative lab test for active COVID-19.
- You must be willing to authorize Baystate Health to access your medical records.
How can you sign up?
Those who meet the requirements and wish to donate plasma can fill out a plasma donation form online to get started.
COVID-19 safety precautions include: