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For a limited time, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will test all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody in addition to our standard testing. To view the results, donors can access their Digital Donor account approximately 7 days post-donation. The donation must be successful to receive COVID-19 antibody results. This test is authorized by the FDA to detect the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and is not intended to diagnose COVID-19.  This test does not detect vaccine-related immunity. 

While we intend to offer this community service to our donors for as long as possible, the program may be discontinued without advanced notice. Antibody positive donors may be invited back to donate convalescent plasma.

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is using the Roche Diagnostics Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Test. This test is authorized by the FDA only for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and is not intended for the diagnosis of COVID-19. 

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine?

FDA fact sheet for healthcare providers.

FDA fact sheet for donors.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Antibody Testing 

This test does not show if you have made antibodies from (receiving) the vaccine.

The COVID-19 antibody test will show if your immune system has responded to the virus by producing antibodies. Most people who have antibodies will have had some symptoms of the disease, such as fever, cough, or trouble breathing, but some persons may have antibodies even though they never had symptoms. COVID-19 antibody testing will be performed in addition to the standard infectious disease testing all blood donations received. This test is authorized by the FDA to detect the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and is not intended for diagnosis of COVID-19.  This test does not detect vaccine-related immunity. 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is using the Roche Diagnostics Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 test.  This test is authorized by the FDA only for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and is not intended for diagnosis of COVID-19. This test does not detect vaccine-related immunity. 

No. The COVID-19 antibody test does not test for the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19. The antibody test looks to see if the blood contains antibodies to the virus. The test does not check for the presence of an active COVID-19 infection. This test does not detect vaccine-related immunity. 

The COVID-19 antibody is not harmful to you, and it is not harmful if transfused to a patient. 

No. Both the FDA and CDC have said they do not know if the antibodies that result from a COVID-19 infection will provide someone with immunity from a future coronavirus infection. 

Yes! Your results will be available in Digital Donor approximately 7 days after your donation.  You will need to make sure you provide your email to the phlebotomist during registration so you can activate your account post-donation. If you already have an account, you can log in with your username and password.  Contact us at cs@giveblood.org or (713)791-6373 for assistance.

No. The test is free to blood donors. This test is available to donors who complete a whole blood, platelet, double red blood cell, or plasma donation.

Yes, in order to get the COVID-19 antibody test, a complete donation must be given. This test is available to donors that complete a whole blood, platelet, double red blood cell, or plasma donation. You do not need to have donated before with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to receive the COVID-19 antibody test. 

An appointment is preferred to secure your donation opportunity. Click Here to find a location near you and book your appointment.

Yes. You must have a successful donation in order to receive COVID-19 antibody results. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s standard operating procedure is that only successful donations move on to testing at our laboratory. Therefore, if you are unable to complete your donation, the COVID-19 antibody test, as well as all standard infectious disease testing will not be performed or provided. 

While we intend to offer this community service to our donors for as long as possible, this program may discontinue without advanced notice.

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