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Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

Last Updated: 08/31/2020

Blood Drives

Blood drives continue to operate in New Jersey.

Donors are needed to keep the supply strong amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals are encouraged to give blood to restock the shelves for patients battling disease and facing the unexpected.

The State has issued an administrative order permitting the continued operation of blood drives to meet the critical needs of residents. Blood drives must continue to take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the following:

  • incorporating social distancing where practicable
  • collecting blood only from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation
  • conducting temperature screens of both staff and donors before entering a blood drive
  • requiring the use of PPE
  • providing hand sanitizer to donors for use before the drive and during the donation process
  • frequently sanitizing equipment and work spaces.

If you would like to donate blood, contact one of the following organizations:

New Jersey Red Cross
New York Blood Center
Miller-Keystone Blood Center
Vitalant

If you don't feel well on the day of your scheduled appointment, please cancel your donation.

Plasma Donations

Blood plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 may help treat patients who are severely ill with the virus. The blood plasma from recovered patients contains antibodies that may help critically ill patients fight the virus. Historically, convalescent plasma has been used as a potentially life-saving treatment in situations when new diseases or infections develop quickly, and no treatments or vaccines were available yet.

In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the distribution of COVID-19 convalescent plasma in the U.S. and its administration by health care providers, as appropriate, to treat suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

The Red Cross has seen demand for convalescent plasma more than double in July as the number of coronavirus cases increases across the U.S. Convalescent plasma products are now being distributed faster than donations are coming in.

Individuals who have fully recovered and received a verified COVID-19 diagnosis are urged to sign up to give convalescent plasma now by registering at RedCrossBlood.org/Plasma4COVID

Source: https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200402a1.shtml; https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-emergency-use-authorization-convalescent-plasma-potential-promising-covid-19-treatment#:~:text=Today%2C%20the%20U.S.%20Food%20and,efforts%20to%20fight%20COVID%2D19; https://www.redcrossblood.org/local-homepage/news/article/red-cross-encourages-donations-to-keep-robust-blood-supply-as-pa.html