About Convalescent Plasma Donation

About Convalescent Plasma Donation

Kentucky Blood Center has been working closely with regulatory agencies and healthcare providers to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 since late March 2020. While COVID-19 currently has no proven treatment, it is possible that convalescent plasma, a component of blood from patients that have recovered from COVID-19, that contains antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), may provide passive immunity for certain COVID-19 patients.

To learn more about CCP donation, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below. After review, if you would like to be considered for CCP donation, please follow the link at the bottom of the page to add yourself to our registry.

Who is eligible to donate convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients?

Individuals may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma if they had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have been completely symptom free for at least 14 days OR have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and meet all standard FDA blood donation requirements. Documented test results must be provided prior to donation. Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine are not currently permitted to donate convalescent plasma (see below).

Christina Hamilton of Louisville was one of KBC’s first convalescent plasma donors.

Where can I donate CCP?

In order to donate CCP, you must be able to travel to one of KBC’s six donor centers. (KBC is conducting limited mobile collection events which have been organized through our hospital partners).

Can I donate CCP if I have received one of the available COVID-19 vaccines? 

No. Current regulations preclude vaccinated individuals from donating CCP. However, this regulation could change in the future. You are, however, eligible to donate blood or platelets immediately after receiving your COVID-19 vaccine.

Will I get paid to donate CCP?

No. CCP donors will receive a thank you item from KBC, but like all blood donations, CCP donation is strictly voluntary.

What is the donor criteria for donating CCP?

In addition to having documentation of a positive COVID-19 test or antibody test, donors must meet all standard blood donation criteria and may be deferred for reasons unrelated to COVID-19. More information on blood donation qualification can be found here. In addition, the donor must be at least 14 days from the date of complete symptom resolution.

How should donors prepare for donation?

Donors should eat a good meal, hydrate and get a good night’s sleep before donation, as with any blood donation.

Great! I’m ready to donate CCP. What do I do next?

Please complete our convalescent plasma registry. Based on review of your information, you may be contacted in the days/weeks ahead to donate.