Need for Convalescent Plasma to Aid Local COVID-19 Patients

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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.  En español

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 antibody test, please sign up for the registry at bit.ly/covid19-registry or call 888-308-3924.

You may also email coviddonor@obi.org to schedule an appointment. Please include your name, date of birth, contact information and date of last COVID-19 symptoms. You should also include proof of positive COVID-19 test results from your doctor or clinic.

Positive COVID-19 test results can also be faxed to 405-297-5598 or emailed to results@bio-linked.org.

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.

Convalescent plasma donors will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 prize given away to that day’s roster of convalescent plasma donors.*

“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 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.




*Rules & Regulations for Convalescent Plasma Donors Gift Card Contest and Drawings

 

Bob Grant