As we are still fighting COVID-19 together, we want to answer the most popular questions about donating blood, the COVID-19 vaccine & anything regarding the corona virus.

Is the Coastal Bend Blood Center offering the COVID-19 Antibody Test?

The Coastal Bend Blood Center will begin offering the complimentary COVID-19 Antibody Test as of Wednesday, September 1st. Result will can take up to seven days & donors can access the antibody test results on their donor portal.

How can I access my COVID-19 Antibody Test results?

Donors will receive a COVID-19 Antibody status after a successful donation. Results may take up to seven days & can be found in your donor portal. Click here to access your donor portal & to access your donation information such as your blood type, hemoglobin levels & blood pressure:

Can I still donate whole blood, platelets or plasma if I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes! If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you are still a wonderful candidate to donate whole blood. You can receive the vaccine and donate blood in the same day as long as you aren’t currently having a reaction to the vaccination. If you have had or are having a reaction of any kind from the vaccine, we ask that you wait to donate blood until you are completely symptom free & feeling well again.

Why do I need an HLA Test if I want to donate Apheresis? And who needs it

Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) is a protein that is responsible for the regulation of the immune system in humans.  Female donors who have a history of pregnancy and were exposed to fetal blood are more likely to develop these antibodies in their plasma.  The antibodies will stay in the blood forever once they develop.

HLA antibodies are not harmful to a female’s health, however it can lead to a condition known as Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI) in some blood transfusion recipients.  TRALI is a serious complication of blood transfusion characterized by sudden acute respiratory distress.  We are therefore required to test female donors with a history of pregnancy for the antibodies if they are interested in donating Apheresis platelets and plasma.

If you are interested in joining our HLA Donation Program please contact the blood center to make an appointment (don’t forget to bring a photo ID with your date of birth).  The HLA testing will consist of a sample tube being drawn, it will be sent for testing, once results are received (within 72 hours), you will receive a call from us to inform you of the result.    

When can I donate if I have had COVID-19?

It is always wise to consult with your doctor or the Blood Center before scheduling your appointment to donate. At the earliest, interested donors can donate blood after they have been completely symptom free for at least 14 days.

Is the Blood Center still requiring masks to be worn?

The Coastal Bend Blood Center is no longer requiring donors or staff to wear masks.

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