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If you have a question about whether or not you can donate convalescent plasma that isn't answered here, please call our Donor Advocates at (713) 791-6608 during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yes, we are currently working with local hospitals and contacting eligible donors to collect their convalescent plasma.

To be eligible to participate, the individual:

  • Must have had a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test.
  • Be eligible to donate blood.
  • Must have fully recovered from COVID-19, with complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days before the donation.

No, we do not test for coronavirus.

Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from an infection. Antibodies present in convalescent plasma are proteins that might help fight the infection.

  • Convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19, and there is some information that suggests it might help some patients recover from COVID-19.

  • Further investigation is still necessary to determine if convalescent plasma might shorten the duration of illness, reduce morbidity or prevent death associated with COVID-19.

  • It is not known if convalescent plasma will be an effective treatment against COVID-19.

  • Plasma transfusions are generally safe and well-tolerated by most patients but can cause allergic reactions and other side effects. It is also not known if patients with COVID-19 might have other types of reactions to convalescent plasma.

  • While it is not known if convalescent plasma is safe and effective against COVID-19, there is anecdotal evidence that convalescent plasma might be for some patients.

  • Because there are no approved treatments, FDA is permitting the emergency investigational use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 under the criteria of the emergency IND.

No, individuals must have had a diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a test to be eligible to donate convalescent plasma.

As of June 15, 2020, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is testing now all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. This test will be performed in addition to the standard testing all blood donations receive. To see the test results or to check your Donor Rewards points redeemable for digital gift cards, access your Digital Donor account. The antibody test results will be available in approximately 7 days. We will invite donors who test positive for the antibodies to return and give convalescent plasma to help patients recover in local hospitals.

This test is authorized by the FDA for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and is not intended for diagnosis of COVID-19.

FDA fact sheet for healthcare providers.

FDA fact sheet for donors

Potential donors would complete Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s online questionnaire to get started or contact us at (713) 791-6608 Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm.

Yes. There are several vaccines being used in clinical trials and some of these vaccines may be approved for general use very soon.

Examples include Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Novavax. Donation is safe if you have been given any of these vaccines. If you are participating in a clinical trial, and the protocol asks you not to donate blood for a period of time, you should follow those instructions. 

No, you should not donate convalescent plasma at this time.

Why? The vaccine is used to produce antibodies against a single part of the virus that allows it to enter your cells and cause disease. This antibody protects you from getting sick if you are exposed to someone who is infected. If you have been ill with coronavirus, you form many types of antibodies. These antibodies, found in convalescent plasma, are useful for treating patients who are already ill.

No, our antibody test is not likely to be positive following the vaccine.

Our screening test is designed to detect a variety of antibody that forms when you have actually been ill with the coronavirus.

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