The release of the COVID-19 vaccine has created a challenge for TBC, as it reduces the number of people who are eligible to give convalescent plasma. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that donors who have received the vaccine should not donate convalescent plasma but can donate whole blood (a regular blood donation). To give convalescent plasma, donors must be symptom free for at least 14 days and must have proof of a positive COVID-19 test or positive COVID-19 antibody test.
Convalescent plasma has proven to drastically help many COVID-19 patients battling the virus. TBC Medical Director, Robert Rainer, explains the significance of a plasma transfusion: “COVID is like a sprinter. It runs a 100-yard dash really, really fast. Blood plasma gives the patient a 50-yard head start, so it lets their immune system catch up and get ahead of the infection. When you donate with The Blood Connection, you’re helping a neighbor win that race.”
OUR DONATION CENTER (5870 Core Road in North Charleston) IS OPEN EVERY DAY!