Seeking COVID-19 Survivors for Plasma Donation
If you or someone you know has recovered from a COVID-19 infection (otherwise known as SARS-CoV-2), please consider donating your blood to help treat people with severe or life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms.
Datasource: Blood plasma donation
How to Help by Donating Blood Plasma
Memorial Healthcare System is participating in the Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Program led by Mayo Clinic to research the use of donated blood as a treatment for people with severe COVID-19.
People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 do so because the liquid portion of blood (plasma) contains antibodies, which are capable of fighting the virus that causes the illness. Giving people the plasma from those who have recovered from the virus, may lead to a faster recovery.
Criteria for Blood Plasma Donors
Individuals must meet all required screening criteria for blood donation and the additional FDA criteria:
- A copy of your positive test result, or a letter from a hospital or lab service confirming a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or a positive serological test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.
- You must be symptom free for 14 days prior to donating.
As part of your pre-donation process you will be required to provide your COVID-19 test result(s).
How to Donate Blood Plasma
Florida Residents: Visit OneBlood COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma to register online to become a donor. A OneBlood representative will contact you within 24 – 72 hours to schedule your convalescent plasma donation appointment. Appointments are required.
If you live outside of Florida, friends and family can find a donation site closest to them at American Association of Blood Banks.