Donate Convalescent Plasma

Recovered from COVID-19? We need your plasma.

Convalescent Plasma FAQs

Please review these questions and answers for more information about convalescent plasma. If you have more questions, call us at 815-965-8751 to speak to a Donor Advocate.

What is convalescent plasma?

Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from an infection. Antibodies present in convalescent plasma are proteins that might help fight the infection.

Is the Rock River Valley Blood Center collecting convalescent plasma?

Per the FDA’s guidance, we are working with local hospitals to assess their needs and seeking donors to collect their convalescent plasma.

I recently recovered from COVID-19. Can I donate convalescent plasma?

Yes, as long as you meet the following criteria:

You must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 nasal pharyngeal test or a positive serological test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, performed using a test under the Emergency Authorization of the FDA. Please note: Not all available testing meets this criteria.

You also must be eligible to donate blood – be in general good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Is the Rock River Valley Blood Center testing for COVID-19?

No, we do not test for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Why is convalescent plasma being investigated to treat COVID-19?

While there is no proven treatment for COVID-19, it is possible that convalescent plasma collected from recovered COVID-19 patients contains antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and might provide passive immunity for some COVID-19 patients.

Is convalescent plasma safe and effective against COVID-19?

It is not known if convalescent plasma will be an effective treatment against COVID-19.

Plasma transfusions are generally safe and well-tolerated by most patients but can cause allergic reactions and other side effects. It is also not known if patients with COVID-19 might have other types of reactions to convalescent plasma.

While it is not known if convalescent plasma is safe and effective against COVID-19, there is anecdotal evidence that convalescent plasma might be for some patients.

Because there are no approved treatments, the FDA is permitting the emergency investigational use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 under the criteria of the emergency IND.

I think I had COVID-19, but I did not get a test. Can I still donate convalescent plasma?

No, individuals must have had a diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test to be eligible.

Who should I contact if I want to donate convalescent plasma?

If you meet the criteria listed above, call us at 815-965-8751. You will need to download our Convalescent Plasma COVID-19 Donor Request Form, complete the form and return it to us at [email protected].