URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DONORS - Low supply of type O red blood cells, AB plasma and Convalescent PlasmaBlood donation is safe and essential!  Recent changes to donor eligibility criteria may allow more to give. Please fill out the deferral/eligibility inquiry form if you have questions.

Potential donors who have received the COVID-19 vaccination are eligible to donate all blood products, including convalescent plasma with the following criteria.

Click here for our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) including information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on blood donation being permitted during Stay at Home directives. Click here for care provider and self-referrals for convalescent plasma donors for those that had a positive molecular test (also called PCR or polymerase chain reaction) and are fully recovered from COVID-19.  Email or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

Published by Kirby Winn on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 in Blog

With COVID-19 vaccine now available across the Blood Center's service region, we'd like to share information from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Louis Katz. Dr. Katz is an infectious disease specialist who also serves as Medical Director for the Scott County (Iowa) Department of Public Health. He has strong familiarity with the vaccine development process and how vaccines are approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

All clips are taken from a presentation Dr. Katz gave for members of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce in December 2020.


What vaccines are available? What research has been done to show the vaccines are safe and effective?

What is the vaccine approval process?

Do you plan to take the vaccine?

How are vaccine priority groups determined?

What are we still learning?

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Kirby Winn

Kirby Winn serves as Manager, Public Relations for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Central Illinois Community Blood Center, and Community Blood Services of Illinois. He enjoys working with media to share the stories of patients who have been helped by the generous volunteers w

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