During this pandemic, it may seem life as we know it is on hold. But life does not stop. Every day, donated blood saves lives.
Vitalant, your community blood bank, is looking for local donors to support hospitals and patients across Northern California. The current health crisis has disrupted our day-to-day lives and caused the cancellation of over 2,000 blood drives and counting.
Previously, many hospital treatments had been postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. Now those same surgeries and treatments are back on the calendar, and the need for blood has increased significantly and is expected to continue increase in the months to come.
Many hospital procedures often taken for granted simply would not be possible without donated blood. From cancer patients to heart surgery patients, countless members of our community rely on the generosity of blood donors to help give them a second chance.
Vitalant will be holding a monthly blood drive at their facility located at 400 Valley Drive. Your next opportunity is July 25th from 10am – 3pm. To schedule your lifesaving appointment please visit bloodheroes.com, click ‘donate’ and use Sponsor Code: Brisbanecommunity or the local zip code.
All completed blood donations will be screened for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. You will be able to find out if your plasma can be used to help others currently battling the virus. For more information regarding this please visit www.vitalant.org/antibodytest.
The donation process takes about an hour and Vitalant is taking extra precautions to help ensure the safety of all involved. Appointments are strongly encouraged to help maintain social distancing, and donors and staff must wear a mask. In addition, temperature checks are performed upon arrival and sanitizing and disinfecting measures are taking place throughout the process.
Every 3 seconds someone in America needs blood, and 100% of the blood supply comes from volunteer donors. Your donation makes a difference!