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Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

Last Updated: 03/21/2022

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.

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

The American Red Cross has resumed testing all donations for COVID-19 antibodies for a limited time. Plasma from routine donations with high levels of COVID-19 antibodies that also meet other U.S. Food and Drug Administration criteria may be used to treat immunocompromised patients battling COVID-19.

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.

In recent months, COVID-19 has surged to new heights – overwhelming hospitals with critically ill patients battling the virus. This new surge combined with new clinical trial data showing that patients who are immunocompromised may benefit from COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) is helping drive renewed hospital demand for this blood product.

To help meet the needs of these patients, the Red Cross resumed testing all blood donations made on or after March 7, 2022, for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential units that can be manufactured into CCP. Additionally, we hope that by testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, we may provide our valued donors insight into their own COVID-19 antibody status. The Red Cross is not recruiting donors specifically for convalescent plasma donation.

If you have further eligibility questions, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

Source: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-emergency-use-authorization-convalescent-plasma-potential-promising-covid-19-treatment; https://www.redcrossblood.org/local-homepage/news/article/red-cross-encourages-donations-to-keep-robust-blood-supply-as-pa.html; https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2021/answers-to-common-questions-about-covid-19-vaccines-and-blood-platelet-plasma-donation-eligibility.html