Vaccination impact blood donation eligibility?

This spring as COVID-19 vaccines become more available and people resume some  of their favorite activities, the American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for  blood remains. Healthy individuals are encouraged to make a blood donation appointment now. But what about those who’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine – can they donate? 

As long as donors are symptom-free, feeling well and can provide the vaccine manufacturer’s name, there’s no waiting period required after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently  authorized in the U.S. Additional blood donation eligibility information is available at  RedCrossBlood.org/Eligibility

Three reasons not to wait to donate: 

  • Donors, especially those with type O blood, are needed in May to help ensure blood  products are available for patients now and into summer. 
  • Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in May will be automatically entered for a  chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps five, powered by Suburban Propane.* Plus, those who make it in to give May 1-15 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card by  email, courtesy of Suburban Propane.** 

Schedule an appointment now to give blood and make it a summer full of life for patients. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting  RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood  Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

Health insights for donors 

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The  test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus,  regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Testing may also identify the presence of  antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.  

Plasma from routine blood and platelet donations that test positive for high levels of antibodies  may be used as convalescent plasma to meet potential future needs of COVID-19 patients.  Convalescent plasma is a type of blood product collected from COVID-19 survivors who have  antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.  

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To  protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who  do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

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At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is also  screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors  for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional  health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle  cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type  have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.  

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable,  within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal  at RedCrossBlood.org.  

Blood drive safety 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and  infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing  and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all  those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the  drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention public guidance. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-15 

District of Columbia

Washington 

5/1/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/2/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/3/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/4/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 5/4/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Eaton Hotel, 1201 K St. NW 

5/4/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/5/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 5/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Eaton Hotel, 1201 K St. NW 

5/5/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/6/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/6/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Eaton Hotel, 1201 K St. NW 

5/7/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Hampton Inn Washington DC White House, 1729 H Street NW 5/7/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/8/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 5/8/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/9/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/10/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/11/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Eaton Hotel, 1201 K St. NW 

5/12/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/13/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 5/13/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 5/14/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., YMCA Anthony Bowen, 1325 W St NW, 

5/14/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Eaton Hotel, 1201 K St. NW 

5/14/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

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5/15/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St. NW 5/15/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 

Maryland 

Montgomery 

Chevy Chase 

5/11/2021: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 3 Chevy Chase Circle 

Damascus 

5/6/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Damascus Grace Fellowship SDA Church, 8425 Damascus Road 5/7/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Damascus Grace Fellowship SDA Church, 8425 Damascus Road 

Gaithersburg 

5/5/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Seneca Creek Community Church, 13 FIRST FIELD ROAD 

Olney 

5/4/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ LDS Olney, 17700 Old Baltimore Rd 

Rockville 

5/1/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 510 5/2/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

5/3/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

5/4/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

5/5/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

5/6/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

5/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 510 5/8/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 510 5/9/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

5/10/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

5/11/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

5/12/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road 5/12/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

Silver Spring 

5/13/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

5/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510

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5/15/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

Silver Spring 

5/3/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway 5/5/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway _______________ 

Prince Georges 

Bowie 

5/4/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- – Bowie, 16621 Sylvan  Dr 5/10/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall Bowie, 6111 Columbian Way 

College Park 

5/10/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Prince George’s Council, 9450 Cherry  Hill Road 

Greenbelt 

5/3/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Greenbelt American Legion Post 136, 6900 Greenbelt Road 

District Heights 

5/14/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Matthews Baptist Church, 2001 Brooks Drive _______________ 

Saint Marys 

Clements 

5/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Gospel Tabernacle of Prayer, 24516, Budds Creek Rd 

Leonardtown 

5/13/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Auxillary Bldg #3, 25500 Point Lookout  Rd 

Valley Lee 

5/10/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Valley Lee Volunteer Fire Department, 45245 Drayden Rd Virginia 

Arlington 

Arlington 

5/5/2021: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Doubletree – Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Dr 5/13/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford St _______________

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Alexandria City 

Alexandria 

5/4/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St 5/6/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic, 1427 West Braddock Road _______________ 

Fairfax 

Alexandria 

5/6/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints – Franconia, 6219  Villa St. 

Chantilly 

5/14/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grace Covenant Church, 4600 Brookfield Corporate Drive 

Fairfax 

5/1/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/2/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/3/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/4/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/5/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/6/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/8/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/9/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/10/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/11/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite  325 

5/12/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/13/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite  325 

5/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 5/15/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 

Herndon 

5/6/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St. 5/11/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2727 Centreville  Rd. 

Reston 

5/7/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA Fairfax County Reston, 12196 Sunset Hills Rd 

Springfield 

5/12/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hilton Springfield, 6550 Loisdale Rd 

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Prince William 

Dumfries 

5/11/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Fabriek Event Venue, 17650 Possum Point Rd., Suites F & G 

Woodbridge 

5/14/2021: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Prince William County Government, 1 County Complex Court _______________ 

Manassas City 

Manassas 

5/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Manassas Baptist Church, 8730 Sudley Rd 

5/15/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Knights of Columbus George Brent Council, 9290 Stonewall Rd. _______________ 

Loudoun 

Ashburn 

5/13/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Paul Davis Restoration, 44601 Guilford Dr., Suite 100 

Dulles 

5/12/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Circle 

Leesburg 

5/4/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road 

Round Hill 

5/3/2021: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr _______________ 

About blood donation 

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo  device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a  reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of  identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16  with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in  generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors  18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass#$ to  complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their  donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. 

About the American Red Cross 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters;  supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international 

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humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to  perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or  visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

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