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Blood Donation Opportunities – Central PA

posted: April 23, 2021

This spring as COVID-19 vaccines become more available and people resume some of their favorite activities, the American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for blood remains. Healthy individuals are encouraged to make a blood donation appointment now. But what about those who’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine – can they donate?

 

As long as donors are symptom-free, feeling well and can provide the vaccine manufacturer’s name, there’s no waiting period required after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the U.S. Additional blood donation eligibility information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/Eligibility.

 

Schedule an appointment now to give blood and make it a summer full of life for patients. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

Health insights for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Testing may also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Plasma from routine blood and platelet donations that test positive for high levels of antibodies may be used as convalescent plasma to meet potential future needs of COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood product collected from COVID-19 survivors who have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

 

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

 

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is also screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

 

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

 

Blood drive safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-15

 

Bradford

 

Canton

5/6/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Canton Moose Lodge, 41 Sullivan Street

 

Rome

5/14/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Windham Twp. Community Hall, 38846 State Route 187

 

Sayre

5/4/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sayre Elks Club, 117 South Elmer Ave

 

Towanda

5/5/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fairfield Inn and Suites, 1248 Golden Mile Road
5/12/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Towanda Fire Company, 101 Elm Street

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Clinton

 

Lock Haven

5/13/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Best Western Lock Haven, 101 East Walnut Street

5/13/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., River Valley Regional YMCA, 145 East Water Street

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Columbia

 

Stillwater

5/10/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Stillwater Christian Church, 39 McMichael Street

 

Berwick

5/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, 116 Summerhill Avenue

 

Bloomsburg

5/11/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Mall, 225 Columbia Mall Dr

5/14/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bloomsburg YMCA, 30 East 7th Street

 

Benton

5/12/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Northern Columbia Community and  Cultural Center, 42 Community Drive

 

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Lackawanna

 

Scranton Blood Donation Center, 3 West Olive Street

5/1/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/2/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/3/2021: 10:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

5/4/2021: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

5/4/2021: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

5/5/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.

5/6/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

5/8/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/9/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/10/2021: 10:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

5/12/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.

5/13/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

5/14/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

5/15/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

 

Scranton

5/15/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Wright Center, 501 S Washington Ave

 

Clarks Summit

5/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Constantino’s Catering, 1385 Lackawanna Trail

 

Carbondale

5/13/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Greater Carbondale YMCA, 82 North Main Street

 

Covington Township

5/6/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Daleville United Methodist Church, 423 Dorantown Road

 

 

Dunmore

5/7/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St

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Luzerne

 

Ashley, Wilkes-Barre Blood Donation Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd

5/1/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/2/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/3/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

5/4/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

5/7/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/8/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/9/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/10/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

5/11/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

5/14/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

5/15/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

 

Mountain Top

5/1/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 175 South Main Road

 

Swoyersville

5/14/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 116 Hughes Street

 

Shickshinny

5/15/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Masonic Sylvania Lodge 354, 249 Trailing Pine Road

 

Wilkes Barre

5/5/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ken Pollock Tire and Auto Center, 88 Wyoming Valley Mall

 

Dallas

5/6/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dallas Shopping Center, 1 Tunkhannock Highway

 

Hazle Township

5/7/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Laurel Mall, 106 Laurel Mall

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Lycoming

 

Muncy

5/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Muncy Masonic Lodge, 28 Brummer Pond Road

 

Lairdsville

5/7/2021: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carl G. Renn Elementary School, 183 School Lane

 

Pennsdale

5/8/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lycoming Mall, 300 Lycoming Mall Circle

 

Williamsport

5/12/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Genetti Hotel, 200 West Fourth Street

5/14/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Boulevard

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Monroe

 

Stroudsburg

5/5/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., YMCA, 809 Main Street

 

Gilbert

5/6/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 927, 1 Fairground Road

 

Blakeslee

5/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 550 Rt 940

 

Mount Pocono

5/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ray Price Auto Park-Mt. Pocono, 2969 Rt 940

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Pike

 

Hawley

5/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Central Volunteer Fire Dept. Station 27, 574 Westcolang Road

 

Milford

5/12/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Patricks Catholic Church, 111 East High Street

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Schuylkill

 

Llewellyn

5/13/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Good Intent Hose Co. #1, 12 Silverton Road

 

Schuylkill Haven

5/13/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street

 

McAdoo

5/4/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Boyers, 318 S Hancock St

 

Pottsville

5/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Life Centre Foursquare Church, 2300 Mahantongo Street

5/8/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairlane Village Mall, 7211 Pottsville St. Clair Highway, Fairlane Village Mall Office

 

Pine Grove

5/6/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pine Grove Ambulance, 46 Spruce Street

 

Tamaqua

5/6/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John United Church of Christ, 150 Pine Street

5/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John United Church of Christ, 150 Pine Street

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Sullivan

 

Muncy Valley

5/5/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Muncy Valley Fire Company, 11997 PA Route 42

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Wayne

Newfoundland

5/5/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Greene Dreher Fire Hall, 460 Crestmont Drive

 

Honesdale

5/11/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Lemnitzer Armory, 232 Tryon Street



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