Critical blood shortage is most prolonged in recent history
*Effective Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, Carter BloodCare will perform COVID-19 antibody testing on all successful donations.
Your community blood supply is experiencing its most prolonged period of a critical shortage in recent history. All blood types are needed, urgently, from all eligible blood donors. Hospital patients could be in jeopardy of not receiving the transfusions they require.
What does the antibody test result mean?
The test is an indicator of someone’s exposure to coronavirus, but is not an indicator of immunity to COVID-19. When truly positive, though false positives can also occur, the test indicates it is likely you had COVID-19, even if you did not show symptoms. A truly negative test, again, false negatives can occur means it is unlikely you have had the COVID-19 infection.
This is not a COVID-19 test.
If you are feeling ill, do not attempt to give blood. Blood donors are required to feel healthy and well at the time of donation. If you do not feel well, please contact your health care provider.
How do I get my test results?
You will be able to retrieve the test results, within 1-2 weeks after a successful blood donation, from your personal information page. Accessible via the Carter BloodCare App for iOS and Android, or here. If you have not accessed your personal information page, we encourage you to do so at the time of your donation.
If you would like additional support downloading the app, support for login, or setting up your personal information page click here.
Yes, Carter BloodCare welcomes individuals who are vaccinated for COVID-19 and unvaccinated for the virus. You can make an appointment by calling or texting 800-366-2834 or schedule your appointment online.
The initial antibody screening test that Carter BloodCare uses is unlikely to be positive after a donor receives a COVID-19 vaccine.
The antibodies that are generated after a vaccine are not detected by the antibody screening test that Carter BloodCare uses for donations. Every test detects a certain part of the virus. Your lack of a positive antibody test result means our test doesn’t detect the response to the vaccine; but it does not reflect on the effectiveness of the vaccine.
When donors indicate their COVID-19 vaccination status in their Donor History Questionnaire, the information is applied to our system only for use in identifying individuals with the greatest opportunity to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma. The information doesn’t go anywhere else.
The antibody test will not diagnose you. The COVID-19 test looks for the actual virus; to see if you are infected. The antibody test is not designed to diagnose an infection.
The test is designed to detect antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies form when a person is exposed to a virus – in this case, it is an indicator that the person has been exposed to coronavirus and it does not mean the person has developed immunity to COVID-19.
If your test is positive, but false positives can also occur, you probably had COVID-19, even if you did not show symptoms. Either way, you need to continue to practice caution in the community and protect yourself and others from possible exposure.
If I test positive for antibodies to COVID-19, does that mean I could still be infectious with the disease and be harmful to others?
All indications right now are that antibody means recovery after infection. We have no reason to believe someone would be infectious while having antibodies. The evidence supports a very small window of infectiousness, starting a couple of days before symptoms and not lasting long after fever is gone.
If my blood donation tests positive, will the plasma be given to a current COVID-19 patient?
The plasma from your whole blood donation could be given to a current COVID-19 patient; however, to identify ideal plasma donors, Carter BloodCare will rely on antibody test results and additional FDA-regulated donor criteria.
If your test is negative, and again, false negatives can occur, it is unlikely you have had the COVID-19 infection.
Yes. Carter BloodCare is offering the test to donors who are successful in giving whole blood, platelets, plasma and red cells during the most prolonged period of a critical blood shortage in recent history.
Yes. We are offering antibody testing only for completed donations that will be used for patient transfusion. The COVID-19 antibody test is performed in addition to all FDA-required testing to ensure patient safety.
No. Please do not donate if you are sick or think you were recently exposed. This test is not a COVID-19 diagnostic test. If you believe you could have COVID-19, or another illness, please contact your health care provider. Donors are required to feel well and healthy at the time of donation.
No. Scientific evidence at this time has not shown any risk of transmission of any coronavirus through blood transfusion. The viruses that we test for are those that can potentially be spread through transfusion. COVID-19 is a virus that is spread through respiratory droplets and not through donated blood, platelets or plasma.
No. Only successful donations from those who give whole blood, platelets, plasma and red cells, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, and for a limited time into the future, will be tested for the COVID-19 antibodies.
No. All donations made beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, and for a limited time moving forward, will be tested for coronavirus antibodies.
If required by law, positive test results may be shared with the county and state health authorities.
Donors will receive results through the Carter BloodCare website on their donor portal – a personal page with your login and a password that you establish and intended for your access. The results are only posted there and accessible 1-2 weeks after your blood donation.
Carter BloodCare is using the Roche Diagnostics Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 serology test*. According to Roche, their test is designed to detect antibodies in people who have been exposed to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the COVID-19 disease.
The COVID-19 antibody test offered by Carter BloodCare to its volunteer donors is free and performed on successful donations, for a limited time.
Although there are, as yet, no FDA-approved tests for antibodies to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, there is considerable interest in testing. The FDA is granting its use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) during the pandemic. It is intended to detect antibodies to the virus causing COVID-19.
*Note: These tests have not been reviewed by the FDA.