Health Editor’s Note: Not only are there some who will not be vaccinated against COVID-19, but if they medically need a blood transfusion only want blood from people who have also not been vaccinated. 60 to 70% of donated blood comes from those who have had their COVID-19 vaccine. Actually 90% of the donors have either had coronavirus or been vaccinated against it. Since it is not deemed a health risk to have COVID-19 antibodies in circulating blood, other than in research studies, there is no label on a unit of donated blood as to whether the person who donated that blood had the vaccine or not. COVID-19 is not spread by blood exposure. Ignorance of science and medicine will put people back into the Dark Ages and we all know that Death was around every corner then……Carol
by JoNel Aleccia/khn.org
The nation’s roiling tensions over vaccination against covid-19 have spilled into an unexpected arena: lifesaving blood transfusions.
With nearly 60% of the eligible U.S. population fully vaccinated, most of the nation’s blood supply is now coming from donors who have been inoculated, experts said. That’s led some patients who are skeptical of the shots to demand transfusions only from the unvaccinated, an option blood centers insist is neither medically sound nor operationally feasible.
“We are definitely aware of patients who have refused blood products from vaccinated donors,” said Dr. Julie Katz Karp, who directs the blood bank and transfusion medicine program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia.
Emily Osment, an American Red Cross spokesperson, said her organization has fielded questions from clients worried that vaccinated blood would be “tainted,” capable of transmitting components from the covid vaccines. Red Cross officials said they’ve had to reassure clients that a covid vaccine, which is injected into muscle or the layer of skin below, doesn’t circulate in the blood.