Does Red Cross Test COVID-Vaccinated Blood Donations?

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Does the Red Cross test blood donations from COVID-19 vaccinated donors? Take a look at the drama, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Red Cross Does Not Test Vaccinated Blood Donations!

People are sharing video clips of other people making calls to the Red Cross, asking if any test is conducted on the blood donations they received from COVID-19 vaccinated people.

They appear to be suggesting or implying that the vaccinated blood contain spike proteins, and/or that the Red Cross wants unvaccinated people to receive vaccinated blood. Cue the (feigned?) shock, horror and outrage on social media…

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Truth : Red Cross Tests Vaccinated Blood Donations!

This is yet another example of fake news circulating on X (formerly Twitter), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Red Cross Tests Vaccinated Blood Donations!

Let me start by pointing out that the American Red Cross conducts tests on all blood donations, whether they are from donors vaccinated against COVID-19, or unvaccinated donors.

This is clearly stated in the American Red Cross website, which anyone can locate with a quick search online. For your convenience, here is what they currently test blood donations for:

Blood donations are tested for multiple disease markers.

On top of that, the American Red Cross also conducts the usual tests for red blood cell antigen genotyping, leukocyte antigen and antibody, and human platelet antigen genotyping.

To be clear – all blood donations undergo tests for multiple disease markers, regardless of whether they were donated by people vaccinated against COVID-19, or otherwise.

Fact #2 : Red Cross Used To Test For COVID-19 Antibodies

Even before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented, the American Red Cross did not test its blood products for the spike protein. Instead, it tested all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies from June 2020 until June 2021 (source).

However, that was not because COVID-19 can spread through blood, because not a single case of such an infection has been reported to date. Rather, the American Red Cross tested for COVID-19 antibodies in those blood donations for two reasons:

  • to provide blood donors insight into whether they may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • to identify potential convalescent plasma donors

This COVID-19 antibody testing program ceased after a majority of Americans received their COVID-19 vaccinations, and the American Red Cross stopped its own convalescent plasma collection program.

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Fact #3 : Blood Of Vaccinated People Are Safe For Transfusions

On 27 January 2023, Red Cross, the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies and America’s Blood Centers issued a joint statement to combat misinformation about blood donated by vaccinated people. They stated, unequivocally, that blood of vaccinated people are safe for transfusions:

The following statement has been issued by AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross regarding misinformation concerning COVID-19 vaccines and blood donations:

Amid ongoing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccinations and blood donation, America’s Blood Centers, the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB), and the American Red Cross reiterate the safety of America’s blood supply and assure the public that vaccines do not pose a risk to patients receiving blood transfusions.

Blood donations from individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for use in the U.S. are safe for transfusion. Similar to other vaccines such as those for measles, mumps or influenza, COVID-19 vaccines are designed to generate an immune response to help protect an individual from illness, but vaccine components themselves do not replicate through blood transfusions or alter a blood recipients’ DNA.

In summary, there is no scientific evidence that demonstrates adverse outcomes from the transfusions of blood products collected from vaccinated donors and, therefore, no medical reason to distinguish or separate blood donations from individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccination.

All blood collection organizations in the U.S. are required to follow Food and Drug Administration guidelines and regulations to collect, process and distribute blood products for patients in need. The FDA explicitly allows donors who have recently received approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines to give blood as long as they are healthy on the day of donation and meet all other eligibility criteria. On multiple occasions, the Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that there is no evidence to support concerns related to the safety of blood donated by vaccinated individuals.

All Americans, including both blood donors and blood recipients, should feel confident that receiving a blood transfusion is safe. COVID-19 vaccines do not replicate, and all blood donations offer the same life-saving therapeutic benefits, regardless of the vaccination status of the donor.

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Fact #4 : Vaccinated People Would Have Antibodies In Blood

There is no reason to be worried about spike proteins in the blood of people who were vaccinated against COVID-19, because they would have antibodies that would attach to any circulating spike proteins.

COVID-19 vaccines work by triggering our own immune system to recognise, and create antibodies against, the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Those antibodies circulate in the blood, and attach to the spike protein of any invading SARS-CoV-2 virions. Once attached to the spike proteins, these antibodies physically block the SARS-CoV-2 virus from attaching to our cells, thereby blocking any infection.

Hence, it is extremely unlikely that the blood of people who were vaccinated against COVID-19 would contain free-floating spike proteins. Even if they happen to be infected with COVID-19 at the time they made their blood donations, their circulating antibodies would be attaching themselves to the virus particles.

Fact #5 : Some Unvaccinated People Would Have Antibodies In Blood Too!

Some unvaccinated people who had a prior COVID-19 infection would have similar antibodies against the COVID-19 virus spike protein as well.

With most of the American population either vaccinated, or having survived a prior COVID-19 infection, the vast majority of blood donations would likely contain such anti-spike protein antibodies.

Therefore, it is highly unlikely that any blood donation, whether from a vaccinated person or otherwise, will contain COVID-19 spike proteins in significant amounts, if at all.

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