Donate blood: Ways to give blood during the critical shortage

Updated Jan. 13, 2022

Blood centers across the U.S. are in desperate need of blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Red Cross recently declared a national blood crisis as the Omicron variant spreads. This is partly due to a large drop in school blood drives, ongoing blood drive cancellations, and a 10% drop in blood donations since March 2020, according to the American Red Cross.

You can help replenish lifesaving blood supplies by scheduling an appointment at a blood donation center. Below are ways you can donate:

Blood centers encourage donors to make appointments in advance so staff can prepare and ensure there is adequate space for social distancing. With some of these changes, appointments in the near term may be difficult to find. This doesn't mean the blood shortage has improved. Please either widen your search area for additional locations or book an appointment further into the future.

COVID-19 does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process, according to AABB, a national organization advancing transfusions and cellular therapies. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reiterated that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.

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