CHICAGO (CBS)– Most blood banks in the U.S. are in need of donors, since the pandemic has shut down many of their drives.
The Red Cross says, with vaccination numbers going up, blood banks are starting to move away from collecting plasma from COVID survivors. But the Red Cross also said it will go on testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies through at least June of this year.READ MORE: Elmhurst University Student Charged With Making Up Story About Man With Gun That Sent Campus Into Lockdown For Hours
Nope! Donating blood after getting a #COVIDVaccine won't reduce your protection from the virus. These vaccines were created to generate an immune response, which isn't impacted by donating blood. pic.twitter.com/2Iopr6FsPp
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) April 22, 2021READ MORE: City Panel Backs $97 Million Sale Of Vacant Michael Reese Hospital Site For Massive 'Bronzeville Lakefront' Development
Some early clinical trials have shown the plasma doesn’t help much with COVID-19, and banks say they already have plenty.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
A push is underway to get healthy people to donate blood.