RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Officials are working to get more people to donate blood amid a nationwide shortage.
Officials said the shortage comes as fears of COVID-19 increase but said that it is safe to donate as all facilities practice CDC guidelines.
“In reality, our centers are one of the safest to come out to because we are practicing all of the CDC requirements. We practice them all the time every day. Now it’s just added procedures,” said Sonia Guajardo of Vitalant.
Guajardo added that as of Monday they will automatically issue a COVID-19 antibody test to anyone who donates blood.
Guajardo said that if you test positive for antibodies, you will be eligible to return to donate plasma to help those infected with COVID-19.