The Red Cross is currently experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants. Your donation is desperately needed. The Wellness Working Group has decided to partner with the American Red Cross to replenish blood supplies diminished by COVID-19. We invite all of our team members and their family and friends to join us in this campaign.
You may still donate blood, platelets or plasma after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine is important in determining your blood donation eligibility. Each donation site will take added precautions to ensure that the process is safe for all involved. Face masks are required. Donor and staff temperature checks will be administered before entering. Beds will be spaced at least 6 feet apart, and all stations will be routinely cleaned between donations. Extra guests will not be allowed unless donating.
The American Red Cross has implemented new blood donation deferrals out of an abundance of caution. They are now asking that individuals postpone their donation for 14 days following:
1. Diagnosis of COVID-19 or
2. You have had a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 or you have had any symptoms of COVID-19
If you’re unable to give blood either temporarily or permanently, there are a number of ways you can help, including:
• Spread the word
• Support a donor
• Help organize a blood drive
• Become a volunteer
• Charitable donations