The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently expanded inclusion criteria for plasma donation to include EITHER:
1) a documented positive COVID-19 test at the time of symptoms, OR
2) positive serological test for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 after recovery if diagnostic testing was not performed at the time COVID-19 was suspected.
So technically – yes, you are able to donate plasma if you have documentation of a positive serological test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. However, we are not currently able to perform antibody testing at Jefferson as this testing is still a work in progress. If you are able to get antibody testing done elsewhere and can provide evidence of positive serologic testing, then you can potentially donate your convalescent plasma. We will need to see documentation of this result. In addition, please note that you still have to meet all other eligibility criteria for blood donation.
Stay tuned to this website for announcements about your ability to get serologic SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing here at Jefferson. This is a top priority for us and we are actively working to develop the capability to do this antibody testing.