New blood drives dates announced and antibody testing available

The American Red Cross continues to face blood shortages due to blood drive cancellations during the coronavirus pandemic. To help, the American Red Cross is holding regular blood drives at Vanderbilt University Medical Center locations.

These include on the 21st Avenue campus in Light Hall, at Vanderbilt One Hundred Oaks and the Vanderbilt Children's Urgent Care in Murfreesboro.

“The need for blood donations persists through the coronavirus pandemic. Caring for the unique population of patients we serve, especially those who are traumatically injured, means VUMC is Middle Tennessee’s largest consumer of blood and blood products from the American Red Cross. If you are able to donate, we would appreciate your help,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD, Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer.  

To schedule an appointment for drives at Light Hall, go to redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code Vand19. Or visit the sign-up link.

For drives at One Hundred Oaks, go to redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code VUMC. Or visit this sign-up link.

It's possible to streamline your donation with an online pre-donation reading and health history of time on donation day. 

June 15th Update:

  • Beginning today and for a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus.
     
  • Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Donations will be tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.
     
  • COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within 7-10 days in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. The test has been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Blood donation is safe to do and an essential activity

The American Red Cross understands public health concerns regarding donating blood during the COVID-19 pandemic, but wants to stress that donating blood is a safe process and Red Cross blood drives have the highest safety standards. American Red Cross blood drives are essential and directly support clinical AND other emergency services remaining open, including for trauma and oncology patients. Over 6,000 blood drives and 200,000 donations have been cancelled in recent days, creating a serious shortage. It is safe to donate at this time.

Upcoming Times and Dates for Red Cross Blood Drives

 

6/30/2020

8 a.m. - 2 p.m

Light Hall

7/2/2020

8 a.m. - 2 p.m

Light Hall

7/6/2020

8 a.m. - 12 p.m

One Hundred Oaks

7/7/2020

8 a.m. - 2 p.m

Light Hall

7/8/2020

8 a.m. - 2 p.m

Light Hall

7/9/2020

8 a.m. - 2 p.m

Light Hall

7/14/2020

8 a.m. - 12 p.m

One Hundred Oaks

7/14/2020

8 a.m. - 2 p.m

Light Hall

7/15/2020

8 a.m. - 2 p.m

Light Hall

7/16/2020

8 a.m. - 2 p.m

Light Hall