Vitalant, a nonprofit community blood service provider, is scheduling appointments at its Goodyear donor center for Southwest Valley residents who want to give blood.
The donor center is at 14270 W. Indian School Road, #C-8.
The company said in a release that it constantly replenishes its blood supply, especially around the Labor Day holiday, when donations typically drop by as much as 25%.
The organization is testing all successful blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, the release stated. Donors that receive positive antibody test results are strongly encouraged to apply online to become convalescent plasma donors to help COVID-19 hospital patients with their lifesaving plasma once eligibility requirements are met.
For more information, visit vitalant.org/antibodytest.
Vitalant is calling on fully recovered COVID-19 survivors to donate convalescent plasma to help critically ill hospital patients combat the virus.
To donate convalescent plasma, recovered COVID-19 patients must meet eligibility requirements, including a prior laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19, either by a positive swab test or a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.
They must also be symptom-free for at least 28 days and meet all additional FDA requirements for automated plasma donations.
For information and to apply to be a convalescent plasma donor, visit Vitalant.org/COVIDfree or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).