One of the important questions that needs to be answered definitively is this: Does donated blood from vaccinated individuals pose a risk to those receiving it?
The important paragraph from this article is this:
It is important to note, however, that donors who have received a COVID-19 vaccine cannot donate convalescent plasma, according to a recommendation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This is due to “uncertainty regarding the quality of the immune response produced by such investigational vaccines,” the FDA recommendation says. “Convalescent plasma” is collected from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 in an effort to pass along their COVID-19 antibodies to others who are struggling to recover.
On the Premier Health website it says this:
How should health care providers respond if a patient requiring a blood transfusion requests blood from a nonvaccinated person?
- Explain that blood donated by individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine is not associated with a risk for COVID-19 infection; the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not transmissible by blood. In addition, all blood donations must meet all safety criteria, without exception.
- Explain that blood donations are always tested for evidence of infectious diseases as part of a rigorous system to protect patients who might need a transfusion.
- Explain that the hospital is not able to meet such a request because the information is not on the label of blood products, nor available to the hospital.
- Explain that every patient has the option to accept or decline transfusion, following the hospital’s informed consent policy, processes, and procedures. Legal requirements for informed consent vary from state to state; however, the requirements generally include:
- An explanation of options and alternatives;
- An explanation of the material risks and benefits of each option;
- An opportunity for the patient to ask questions and have them answered by a qualified health care professional; and
- Documentation of the patient’s decision, including any conditions expressed for the consent.
What’s interesting about this is that is assumes what patients are worried about is COVID-19. What we’ve been asking about (my wife and I) because of some health issues my wife is facing, is: What possible issues might there be with the blood from vaccinated people because of the vaccine? One doctor dismissed the question with no explanation and two others essentially said, “That’s a great question, unfortunately, it’s not one we’re allowed to ask.”
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