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Coronavirus and Blood Donation

Fighting Coronavirus and Keeping Our Community Safe​

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has made our donors’ and team members’ safety our top priority. 

We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC, OSHA and local public health officials, requiring masks be worn by donors and our STBTC team at all donation locations. Our other safety measures also remain in effect.

How we prepare to serve you:

  • Staff are getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • All employees are screened for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms each day before they are allowed to work. If an employee becomes ill, they must stay home until 24 hours after a fever has resolved.
  • A staff supervisor is identified at every location who is dedicated solely to monitoring social distancing. 
  • Staff members change gloves and sanitize surfaces in the screening area between donors as well as wear masks as recommended by the CDC.
  • All staff on STBTC bloodmobiles use personal protective equipment, including face masks. 

What to expect when you donate:

  • Donors receive a mandatory temperature check at check-in.
  • Donors are required to wear masks. If a donor doesn’t have a mask at check-in, one will be offered.
  • Additional hand sanitation stations are posted at check-in and throughout the donation process.
  • The number of donors allowed in donation locations, waiting areas and on bloodmobiles at any given time is limited to avoid crowding and follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Reception and waiting areas, as well as donor beds at donor rooms and drives, are set up to maintain at least six feet between donors and staff and 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 showing an increase of 31% from last year, 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 COVID-19 vaccine?

You may still be eligible to give blood. 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. We’ve recently developed programs to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma, as well as improve trauma care.