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Jan. 17, 2022

The American Red Cross has a constant and ongoing need for blood and platelet donations. The supply of blood products tends to be critically low this time of year. This makes the need for donors critical as well. Following two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, that need is greater than ever.

With the ongoing pandemic, the Red Cross needs the help of blood and platelet donors to meet the needs of patient care.

If you think you can’t donate because you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you are mistaken. You may still donate blood, platelets or plasma after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. If you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll need to provide the manufacturer name when you come to donate. In most cases, there is no deferral time for individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine as long as you are symptom free and feeling well at the time of donation.

Some people fear they are at increased risk for catching COVID-19 if they donate blood. This too is not the case. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety, sterilization and infection control.

Do your part to help ensure patients receive the care they need. Donate blood. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.

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