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Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

Last Updated: 09/28/2021

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

Note: Due to the decline in hospital demand and because the Red Cross and its partners have been able to build a sufficient supply of convalescent plasma to meet the foreseeable needs of COVID-19 patients, the Red Cross has stopped collecting convalescent plasma.

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, 2020, 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.

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