COVID-19

While the demand for all blood remains great, given the unprecedented situation facing our community due to SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2), we are looking for donors who have recovered from COVID-19 (Coronavirus Infectious Disease 2019) to provide the gift of life through the donation of convalescent plasma.

Please visit the resources below to learn more about our critical need for convalescent plasma.

Become a Convalescent Plasma Donor

Complete a Donor Request Form to apply to become a convalescent plasma donor!

What are the eligibility requirements to donate convalescent plasma?

Prospective convalescent plasma donors must meet all screening and eligibility requirements for regular blood donation. Female donors must test negative for HLA antibodies (HLA antibody tests performed by BBA at time of donation).

Donors who experienced symptoms from COVID-19 must have had a complete resolution of symptoms at least 14 days before donating AND have a positive test result from a diagnostic test approved, cleared, or authorized by the FDA.

Donors who were asymptomatic (did not experience symptoms from COVID-19) may be qualified to donate if they provide positive results from two different antibody tests*.

Donors who did experience symptoms but did not have a prior positive diagnostic test may also provide positive results from two different antibody tests.

*Donors must provide evidence of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test approved, cleared, or authorized by FDA. A list of all current COVID-19 in vitro diagnostics is available at https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/emergency-use-authorization#covidinvitrodev.

Note: Test results must include the donor’s name and date of birth and where the test was performed.

Please call us at (907) 222-5630 if you have any questions regarding your eligibility.

Can I donate convalescent plasma if I have received a vaccine for COVID-19?

Donors who have received a vaccine for COVID-19 are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma.

How can I get an antibody test?

We recommend that you contact your licensed medical provider. LabCorp and Fred Meyer are also providing COVID-19 IgG antibody testing. You can learn more about their services by visiting the following resources:

What do I need to do to become a convalescent plasma donor?

If you had symptoms from COVID-19, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete our COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Donor Request Form available online and at any BBA location.
  2. Once completed, please submit the form and a copy of your diagnostic test results for COVID-19 to BBA through any of the following ways:

Note: If you do not have a copy of your test results, please request that your licensed healthcare provider or the State of Alaska send them to BBA at QualityAssuranceDepartment@bbak.org.

  1. Once we receive your completed form as well as a copy of your test results, we will contact you to schedule your appointment to donate!

If you did not have symptoms from COVID-19, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete our COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Donor Request Form available online and at any BBA location.
  2. Once completed, please submit the form and a copy of your antibody test results* for COVID-19 to BBA through any of the following ways:

*Note: Although positive test results from two different SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests are required for asymptomatic donors, BBA may be able to provide one of these tests for qualified donors. We will inform qualified donors after processing their request to become a convalescent plasma donor.

  3. Once we receive your completed form as well as a copy of your test results, we will contact you to schedule your appointment to donate!

How do I complete the donor request form online?

  1. Access the Donor Request Form.
  2. Download the form to your computer or phone (Note: Depending on your web browser, this may not be necessary)
  3. Complete the required fields.
  4. Save or print the form.
  5. Submit the completed form through any of the following options:

 How do I save the donor request form?

 To save the donor request form to a desktop computer, please follow the instructions below for your preferred web browser:

Chrome

  • Download the blank form to your computer.
  • Complete the form using your computer’s PDF viewing program (e.g. Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat).
  • Save the completed form to your computer using your PDF program.

Chrome (alternate method)

  • Complete the form in your browser.
  • Press Ctrl+S or right-click and select Save as.
  • Save the file to your computer.

Internet Explorer (IE) 11

  • Complete the form in your browser.
  • Click Save.
  • Save the file to your computer.

I am having problems completing the donor request form electronically. What should I do?

Paper forms are available at each of our locations if you are having difficulty completing the form electronically.

Can I donate convalescent plasma at any Blood Bank of Alaska (BBA) location?

Yes, BBA is collecting convalescent plasma at both of our Anchorage locations, as well as our Fairbanks, Juneau, and Mat-Su facilities.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, appointments are required at this time. Appointments are available during normal operating hours at both of our Anchorage locations, as well as our Mat-Su facility. Appointments are also available during limited hours at our Fairbanks and Juneau facilities.

Once we receive your completed Donor Request Form and a copy of your test results, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

I would like to know more about convalescent plasma.

If you would like to know more about convalescent plasma, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Convalescent Plasma.

Information for Medical Providers and Hospitals

Medical Community,

Blood Bank of Alaska would like to thank you for your service during this difficult time. COVID-19 (Coronavirus Infectious Disease 2019) has affected each of us in varying ways and we commend you for the work that you are doing on the front lines to treat patients.

We want you to know that we are here to support you and we have compiled a list of resources regarding the use of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients.

 

 

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