This spring as COVID-19 vaccines become more available and people resume some of their favorite activities, the American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for blood remains. Healthy individuals are encouraged to make a blood donation appointment now. But what about those who’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine — can they donate?

As long as donors are symptom-free, feeling well and can provide the vaccine manufacturer’s name, there’s no waiting period required after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the U.S. Additional blood donation eligibility information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/Eligibility.

Three reasons not to wait to donate:

• Donors, especially those with type O blood, are needed in May to help ensure blood products are available for patients now and into summer.

• Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in May will be automatically entered for a chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps five, powered by Suburban Propane.

• Plus, those who make it in to give May 1-15 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Schedule an appointment now to give blood and make it a summer full of life for patients. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Faribault

Tuesday, May 4 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington Recreation Center, 117 Shumway Ave.

Monday, May 10 — 1 to 6 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1207 Prairie Ave. SW

Thursday, May 13 — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Rice County Sheriff's Office, 118 Third St. NW

New Prague

Monday, May 10 — 1 to 6 p.m. at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 28983 181st Ave.

Northfield

Monday, May 3 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Culver's, 960 Hwy. 3 S

Friday, May 7 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 418 Sumner St. E

Monday, May 10 — 1 to 6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. W

Reach reporter Michelle Vlasak at 507-333-3128 or follow her on Twitter @apgmichelle. ©Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota.  All rights reserved.

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