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Donating Blood during COVID-19

Post-COVID Recovery & COVID-19 | Last Active: Jul 5, 2021 | Replies (21)

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@seafire

Hi. Thanks for the quick reply and re-posting to the proper group. To your question: I have had no luck dealing with technical issues speaking directly with "New York Blood Center". As an example, I had a Shingles Vaccine 8 days before my last donation. I called the day before to be sure I was able to donate. I was told that if I received Shingrix (non live) vaccine, I was good to go. When I arrived to donate there was much confusion. At first they would not take blood from me. They did not seem to know the difference between the different types of Shingles Vaccines, and were adamant about my not being able to donate. Only after they spoke to their medical director and to my Doc was I allowed to donate. They may very well be testing for Covid-19, at least I hope so! I don't think it unreasonable to be informed of the test results, in fact, it could be life-saving. Given my age and my COPD, it is a big risk for me to even leave my apartment, which I have not done for over a month. I "believe" that by law, if my tests turn up some problem, like AIDS for instance, they must inform me. What feedback I do get from them is an email stating that my blood was used at this facility or that for a particular use, I.E. save an accident victim or some such thing. That tells me that I am disease free. Now, with this pandemic afoot, things are a bit more complicated and dire, and the need to know details is more important than ever. I thought perhaps someone here may have had the same questions/concerns. However, after reading through this thread, it seems that may not be the case. Thanks again for your reply. I will continue to monitor this thread via e-mail. Thanks for your work here! Have a great day and be safe!

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Hi, @seafire. First, thank you for your service to our country and for your continuing service of several years of donating blood so that others may live. Like you, as a sr with several chronic health issues, including chronic bronchitis, I have been self-quarantined for over 30 days. Blood donation was something I did regularly for a long time but stopped a yr. before the virus because of health issues.

I live in a much less populated area of TX. However, my close friend living in Queens fears leaving her condo because of health issues. I just want to salute your willingness and also your attempts to get more information from the NY Blood Center.

My friend is becoming increasingly alarmed about the huge delays between placing an online food delivery order and even making the list; when she does get the order placed, the wait time given has been over 30 days. She doesn't drive and her neighborhood grocers and mkts are closed. Are you experiencing something similar? Off topic I know but I am deeply concerned for you, her and all living in NYC and the other hotspots springing up in our country.

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