COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program – Donors

We are so grateful that you want to help patients in need. You must work closely with the healthcare provider or public health department who made your diagnosis (or that provider’s office staff), because there are several pieces of documentation you must have in order to donate.

If you have ever been a blood donor, the process will be very similar, except it will take a bit longer than a standard blood donation. This procedure is called “apheresis plasma donation,” and we can provide you with more details when we talk to you to schedule your donation.

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma donations can ONLY come from donors who have fully recovered from a confirmed COVID-19 infection AND have successfully completed an eligibility process in cooperation with their physician and LifeStream Blood Bank’s Medical Services team. If you believe you are eligible to donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, please click below or call 909-386-6837.

Ask yourself these questions:
  • Did I have a proven COVID-19 infection? In other words, did my provider or hospital perform a laboratory test that confirmed that I had COVID-19? (this is usually a swab test inserted into your nose and possibly throat as well)
    • You will need a copy of the lab report or a written statement from your physician giving the test type, the result, and the date it was taken in order to donate
  • If I did NOT have a test when I got sick, did I have an antibody test after I recovered proving that I had COVID-19?
    • You will need a copy of the lab report or a written statement from your physician giving the test type, the result, and the date it was taken in order to donate
  • When was the exact last day I had symptoms of COVID-19?
    • You must have been completely without symptoms for at least 14 days (that includes taking no anti-fever medications, cough medicines, or other cold/flu medicines)
  • After I recovered, did I have a NEGATIVE COVID-19 test? 
    • If “YES,” you can donate when you’ve been symptom-free for at least 14 days
      • You will need a copy of the lab report or a written statement from your physician giving the test type, the result, and the date it was taken in order to donate
    • If “NO,” you will have to wait until you’ve been completely symptom-free for at least 28 days before you can donate
  • Did I have a test that shows I have made antibodies against COVID-19?
    • This is not required, but please supply antibody test results if you had the test done.

If you are a female who has ever been pregnant, we may ask you to come in a few days early in order to collect a blood sample before your actual donation. This is because pregnancy and childbirth can lead to formation of specific antibodies that would make you unable to donate a plasma product (these antibodies are not related to COVID-19 infection).

  • ​LifeStream does not test donors or blood products for ACTIVE COVID-19 infection. 
  • LifeStream Blood Bank is now testing all successful blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Your antibody testing results reveal your potential to donate convalescent plasma, a powerful way to help those fighting COVID-19. The antibody test will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies because of previous exposure to the virus. This is not a test that tells a person whether or not they have a current COVID-19 infection. If you are feeling unwell, please do not donate blood. For more info about antibody testing, click here.
  • LifeStream does NOT provide directed donations to specific facilities or patients. When a donor donates convalescent plasma on behalf of a hospital, we reserve some of the products from that collection for that hospital’s use. The hospital then decides how to distribute the product in their facility, based on their own criteria. We work with donors and hospitals to make this happen every day through this web page, and we are appealing to recovered COVID-19 patients throughout our area to contact us to arrange a convalescent plasma donation.
I Read That the FDA Issued New Criteria for Donors. Has LifeStream Implemented Them?

Yes, these changes were implemented on July 20, 2020.

On April 2, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration issued new guidelines for donor eligibility, reducing the deferral period from 12 months to 3 months for various events in a donor’s life. The most prominent example of this shorter deferral period is male donors who have had sex with other males, but it also includes tattoos and piercings, travel to areas where malaria is prominently transmitted, and certain donors who lived in parts of Europe (especially on military bases) in the past.

For more info about these changes, please click below.

If you have been told that you are permanently ineligible to donate blood as a volunteer, you will not be able to donate convalescent plasma at this time.

If you have read this far and you believe you will qualify, please click below to fill out the online form.

For further questions, please email covidplasma@LStream.org, or call (909) 386-6837.
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