Join the Fight Against COVID-19: Donate Convalescent Plasma
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What’s the mission?
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of convalescent plasma as an investigational treatment for patients with moderate or severe COVID-19 infections. The Department of Defense (DoD) aims to collect more than 10,000 units of COVID-19 convalescent plasma by Sept. 30. These donations will support developing therapeutics for sick active duty service members. This will increase readiness of operational forces, and may support research efforts.
What’s convalescent plasma?
Plasma is the liquid part of blood. It’s collected through the typical blood donation process. Convalescent plasma contains infection-fighting antibodies. A sick patient can get a transfusion of plasma with COVID-19 antibodies, boosting their immune system and potentially helping with their recovery.
Who can donate?
Most members of the DoD community are eligible to donate as long as they meet the criteria. You must have tested positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test (when ill). You may also have tested positive through a serologic test for antibodies (after recovery). Additional testing may be required for certain donors. Eligible donors must also be at least 17 years old, 110 pounds, and fully recovered from COVID-19. You must be in overall good health to donate.
How and where do I begin the process?
Fifteen Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) centers are accepting donations. Locations are on military installations across the continental U.S., and in Hawaii, Guam, and Germany. If you think you meet these requirements, call the nearest ASBP center. It’s important not to show up unannounced at a donor center at this time. When you call, you can set up a donation appointment if you qualify.
If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, you can help others do the same. Learn more about plasma donation at the ASBP COVID-19 and Blood Donation page and join the fight.
Watch this video from Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, encouraging service members to consider donating convalescent plasma to support the fight against COVID-19.
Last Updated 2/17/2021