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Published on January 26, 2022

Donate Plasma to Help Children Fight COVID-19!

Photo of young children laying on grass forming a circle and laughingSick children and their families in our community could use your support!

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is actively seeking healthy adults who have fully recovered from COVID-19 and meet specific eligibility requirements to donate plasma to help young patients fight the virus.

The pediatric healthcare system has been seeing its highest census numbers since the pandemic began and seeing an extra strain on their supply of plasma.

Donor Requirements

If you or anyone you know meet the following donor requirements, please reach out to CHOC by calling 714.509.8339 as soon as possible and let them know you want to be a plasma donor:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have been sick with COVID-19 after December 1, 2021, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Able to provide FDA-approved laboratory Nasal Pharyngeal – PCR test results confirming COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • Must have been symptom-free for at least 10 days prior to donation.
  • Female donors must be negative for human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies.
  • Donors will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies before scheduling a donation. This can be done at the CHOC Lab or the donor may provide results from another Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-certified lab.
  • Donors must meet all other blood donor qualifications (e.g., age, weight, etc.).

If you have questions about these requirements or would like to schedule an appointment to donate plasma, call the CHOC Blood Bank at 714.509.8339. You can also visit the CHOC blood plasma page for more information.

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