Memorial Blood Centers' COVID-19 convalescent plasma program has ended, as of 3/17/21. The great response from donors to give convalescent plasma helped build the national supply and meet hospital needs. The current supply is expected to support hospitals in the event we experience another spike of COVID-19 hospitalizations. In the event of a need for more convalescent plasma, Memorial Blood Centers will contact donors.
Convalescent Plasma Journey
Effective March 17, 2021, Memorial Blood Centers will be pausing collections of convalescent plasma.
Fortunately, with more people getting vaccinated each day and hospitalizations declining, the current supply of convalescent plasma is sufficient to meet the needs of patients and hospitals. We are hopeful that the rising vaccination rates will continue to help reduce the need for this product, but we stand ready to resume collections if necessary.
Memorial Blood Centers began collecting convalescent plasma in April of 2020 at the height of the pandemic. We facilitated nearly 8,000 convalescent plasma donations from loyal donors. Through New York Blood Center Enterprises, our network of blood centers, and generous volunteer convalescent plasma donors, nearly 100,000 donations were distributed to more than 40 states and to several countries. This would not have been possible without a giving community of donors who recovered from COVID-19 and were willing to share their plasma to help someone else who was fighting for their life.
We are grateful to all of our donors for their support and encourage you to become blood donors. We have faced chronic blood shortages throughout the pandemic and blood donations are still very much needed.