Recovered from COVID-19? Your plasma may help other patients. Submit Interest Form
We are temporarily deferring donors that have traveled outside the U.S. in the last 10 days. Travel to Baja, Mexico is acceptable.
While COVID-19 has no proven treatment, plasma donated by those who have recovered (called convalescent plasma) may help patients fighting COVID-19. This is because your body has developed antibodies against the virus. Historically, convalescent plasma has been successfully used to treat similar diseases such as the Spanish Flu, SARS, MERS, and H1N1.
The first step is to fill out a form at scbloodbank.org/donateplasma to express interest in donating CCP.
You may qualify if you had:
Donors must also meet the standard requirements for blood donation and will be screened at the time of donation.
You are eligible to donate convalescent plasma after receiving a vaccine if:
After receiving the vaccine, you may test positive for antibodies; however, you are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma at this time. The FDA is working on updating guidelines, as more information about the vaccines and convalescent plasma donation become available. Until then, those who have recovered from COVID-19 and those that have been vaccinated may donate whole blood, plasma, or platelets, which are greatly needed.
Once you are qualified, Southern California Blood Bank staff will help you find a convenient location.
Southern California Blood Bank can work with your healthcare provider to obtain proper records.
Each plasma donation is usually 800-1000 mL and one dose for a COVID-19 patient is 200-250 mL. Your CCP donation can help as many as 3-4 people fight this virus!
Plasma is donated through a process called apheresis. Your blood is collected and processed in real time to separate the plasma and return the rest of the blood components (red blood cells and platelets) back to you. The entire process, including registration and recovering in the canteen area for 15 minutes post donation takes approximately 75 minutes.
Much like regular blood and plasma donation, only some of the circulating antibodies are collected from COVID convalescent plasma (CCP) donation. The vast majority of cells which make antibodies are maintained by the donor. There is no clinical evidence to support an adverse impact on immunocompetence in blood donors.
Normal plasma donation intervals are every 4 weeks. Depending on how much is plasma donated at one time, you may be able to donate convalescent plasma (CCP) more frequently. Southern California Blood Bank will work with you directly to determine what is appropriate.