Give Blood and/or Convalescent Plasma to Help Those Fighting COVID-19
LAFAYETTE, LA (Dec. 16, 2020) — Vitalant encourages new and existing donors of all blood types to give one last gift this holiday season by donating blood and joining Lafayette’s COVID Rescue Team. A city-wide, four-day blood drive will be held from Dec. 27 – 30 at different city recreation centers, as well as Vitalant’s donation center, to collect life-saving blood and convalescent plasma.
All times and locations can be found at vitalant.org/lafayette. With so many locations and times available over the four-day drive, Vitalant urges the Lafayette community to make an appointment using the vitalant.org/lafayette link.
Demand for Convalescent Plasma at Emergency Levels; Antibody Testing Continues
Convalescent plasma is collected from those who have recovered from COVID-19. It contains antibodies that can be used to treat patients with an active, severe COVID-19 case to give them an extra boost to fight their illness.
Even those who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 can help. When donors give blood or platelets, they are informed of their antibody status; if positive, Vitalant produces convalescent plasma from the donation. These donors can then give a convalescent plasma donation in the future to help even more COVID-19 patients.
“COVID has caused so many hardships for our Lafayette community, but if we can find one good thing amidst the suffering, it’s this: If you have fully recovered from COVID, now your plasma has the antibodies that can help someone who is currently hospitalized with the virus,” said Stephanie Kizziar, Communications Manager with Vitalant.
Giving blood, platelets or plasma continues to be an essential activity as designated by the U.S. Surgeon General and Federal Emergency Management Agency during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Give
All Vitalant blood drives and donation centers follow strict protocols to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff, including checking temperatures, social distancing, requiring face masks along with other precautions. To schedule a donation appointment and join Lafayette’s COVID Rescue Team, please visit vitalant.org/lafayette or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). As a small token of thanks, all donors who give blood Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 will receive a special-edition Vitalant T-shirt, redeemable via email.