Need for Convalescent Plasma to Aid Local COVID-19 Patients

Texas Blood Institute (TBI) has an ongoing need for convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat seriously ill patients. The need for convalescent plasma in our area has increased exponentially in recent weeks, as hospitalizations surge. 

Blood donors who have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies may be contacted by the blood center. Antibody testing information.*

You may also walk-in to our donor center at 3709 Gregory St. in Wichita Falls or find a mobile blood drive near you. Simply let our staff know that you wish to donate convalescent plasma. Females with a history of pregnancy may be asked to donate whole blood, to be tested for anti-HLA antibodies. 

A single plasma donation with Texas Blood Institute can provide plasma to up to four COVID-19 patients, in a process that takes about an hour and a half.

    To provide convalescent plasma, donors must meet the criteria below:
  • Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test
  • Be symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation
  • Be eligible to donate blood

Donors can give convalescent plasma as often as every 7 days, although they must have antibody levels reviewed first. An appointment is required for repeat convalescent plasma donation.

“As the community’s blood supplier, we will do everything in our power to make sure that critically needed products are on the shelf when our hospital partners and their patients need them,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “The need is here, and even a brief delay in getting this plasma might cost a life or prolong the illness for a coronavirus victim. We’re asking all eligible convalescent plasma donors to contact Texas Blood Institute today to schedule an appointment to give.” 

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • Recipients of any COVID-19 vaccines are NOT eligible to donate convalescent plasma at this time, according to current FDA guidance. (Please note: conversations are ongoing about this issue, so guidance could change.)
  • If you received any mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna), you can donate all other blood products – including blood, platelets or traditional plasma – without any deferral period.
  • If you received an adenovirus vector vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, etc), you can donate all blood products (except convalescent plasma) after a two-week deferral.
  • If you received a monoclonal antibodies (Regeneron or Eli Lilly), you are deferred for 12 months and not eligible to donate convalescent plasma.




*Must be 18 or older to receive antibody test. This test has not been reviewed by the FDA and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.  Donors ages 16 or 17-years old need parental consent to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. Please download the antibody screening consent form here. This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use by authorized laboratories. The test has been authorized only for the detection of the IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Test results will be made available post-donation.

 

Bob Grant