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Coronavirus and Blood Donation

Fighting Coronavirus and Keeping Our Community Safe​

Our team members follow CDC guidance regarding masking, based on the risk level in the local county where each donor center or blood drive is based. While donors are not required to wear masks, we encourage following CDC guidance based on local risk levels. Masks are available at our donor rooms and blood drives. In addition, at blood drives, we will continue to follow the mask policies of drive sponsors.

How we prepare to serve you:

  • Staff members change gloves and sanitize surfaces in the screening area between donors as well as wear masks as recommended by the CDC.

What to expect when you donate:

  • If you have had a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you are required to wear a mask to enter.*Some blood drive locations may require masks. Masks are available at our donor rooms and blood mobiles.
  • Hand sanitation stations are posted at check-in and throughout the donation process.
  • Donor beds at donor rooms and drives are sanitized after use.
  • Each donation collection kit is new, single use and unopened until the time of use.
  • All our blood drives and donor rooms also have information sheets about steps to take to help prevent the spread of coronavirus

Why You Should Continue to Give Blood

We are urgently asking donors to continue to donate blood if they are well and healthy. With the blood supply already dangerously low, and the demand for blood continuing to grow, we’re asking for your help.
Your lifesaving donation helps ensure that blood is available for cancer patients, car accident victims, moms delivering newborns and many other patients in need.

Can I still donate blood if I’ve received the flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine or booster?

If you’re feeling well, you are eligible. Call 210-731-5590 if you have any questions or click here to set up an appointment today!

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About Us

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For more than 45 years, the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has focused on a critical purpose: to save and improve lives.

Inspired by a group of physicians, our organization was formed to provide blood to the South Texas region – ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply through proper testing, storage and distribution to hospitals. This essential service allows front-line workers to focus on the direct care of patients, with confidence that this lifesaving resource will be there when it’s needed most.

But we didn’t stop there. Over the years, we’ve evolved as the needs of our patients and hospitals have changed, driven to save lives in as many ways as possible.

We couldn’t do this without donors like you. We understand that the gift of donation is a personal, powerful choice that has the potential to touch a life. Today, we offer many ways to make a difference that include:

Our team has also expanded its programs, partnering with leaders within the healthcare industry to develop a wide range of therapies.