Critical need for blood donations to ease nation-wide shortage

June 17, 2021

The nation is in the midst of a blood shortage and the UCI Blood Donor Center is in dire need of blood donations, especially Type ‘O,’ as shortages are hitting health providers across the country.

Last year, the American Red Cross announced a severe blood shortage due to the onset of COVID-19 and blood drive cancellations, and the critical need for blood donations is still present.

As Orange County’s only Level 1 trauma center, UCI Health provides critical care services not available in any other health system. To meet the needs of the community, UCI Health is working with various partners to increase blood donations, including the Anaheim Ducks and the Honda Center, and urges healthy people to donate blood, platelets or plasma.

Upcoming blood drives

Below are opportunities to donate blood for UCI Health during the month of June:  

Tuesday, June 29, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. In partnership with the Anaheim Ducks, the UCI bloodmobile will be in the Honda Center parking lot at 2695 East Katella Avenue in Anaheim. This is the first of five blood drives to be held in the Honda Center parking lot. Additional blood drives are scheduled for July 13, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24  Appointments are required.

In addition to the UCI bloodmobile — which travels throughout Orange County — there are two locations for blood and platelet donations that directly support patients hospitalized at UCI Medical Center.

The UCI Health Blood Donor Center in Orange is open for donations at Pavilion 3, Room 400 at the medical center, 101 The City Drive South in Orange. All donors will receive a t-shirt and a certificate for a pint of Baskin Robbins ice-cream and be entered into the $250 Disney gift card raffle. Donors can also request to be tested for Covid-19 antibodies. Appointments are required.

The temporary Blood Donor Center at the UCI campus is open for donations. All donors will receive a t-shirt and a certificate for a pint of Baskin Robbins ice-cream and be entered into the $250 Disney gift card raffle. Donors can also request to be tested for Covid-19 antibodies. Appointments are required.

COVID-19 precautions still in place

Despite California’s official reopening, UCI Health is committed to protecting the community’s health and will continue to follow the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA guidelines. Masking and appropriate distancing will continue to be required of patients, visitors, contractors, faculty and co-workers at all UCI Health locations.

If you have recently received the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, there is no deferral unless you are currently experiencing side effects. Please do not schedule an appointment to donate blood if you have recently experienced any COVID-19 symptoms; have been diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or have lived with someone who has been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

 

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