The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. Whether you stayed home to flatten the curve or treated those with the virus, it made a difference. Now there’s another way to help. People who were diagnosed with COVID-19, tested positive for antibodies, and been symptom-free for two weeks are asked to consider donating convalescent plasma at a military blood donation center.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of convalescent plasma as an investigational treatment for patients with moderate or severe infections. To support this effort, and increase our combat forces’ operational readiness, the DoD will collect, through donation or procurement, more than 10,000 convalescent plasma units by Sept. 30.

Collected convalescent plasma will be available to treat COVID-positive patients in military treatment facilities who meet established criteria.

This is an all-hands effort and we need the help of everyone within the Military Health System community.

Locally, the Armed Services Blood Donor Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., serves as the local COVID-19 convalescent plasma collection point. 301-295-1737; whole blood and apheresis platelet collections, 301-295-2104.