DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is celebrating National and Ohio January Blood Donor Awareness Month with special events this week and a reminder to donors they can give blood after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
There is no deferral or delay in donating blood after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. An exception is that COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma donors are no longer eligible to donate convalescent plasma after getting the vaccine.
JANUARY IS OHIO BLOOD DONOR AWARENESS MONTH
CBC is challenging donors to make three blood donations in 2021.
CBC will host the “Thanks for Joining the Team” blood drive Friday, Jan. 8 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center. Everyone who registers to donate at the Dayton CBC will get a gift bag that includes a Chic-Fil-A $5 gift card, socks, hand sanitizer, and candy. They will also receive the “Team Donor – Blood Donor Awareness Month” t-shirt.
Ohio EPA colleagues of the late runner, environmentalist and blood donor Harold O’Connell will celebrate his memory with the 10th annual Harold O’Connell Memorial Blood Drive Thursday, Jan. 7 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, 349 South Main St.
State Sen. Stephen Huffman (R-5th District) introduced legislation for Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month in 2017. It was made law in 2018 and first observed in January 2019. The key goals are to thank all donors and to encourage more people to donate.
The traditional challenges of winter emphasized during January Blood Donor Awareness Month are more severe this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The surge in coronavirus cases has resulted in multiple businesses and high school blood drive cancellations. Blood drives that have remained on schedule are operating at reduced capacity.
Blood donation requirements: Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds (you may have to weigh more, depending on your height), and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.