Armed Forces News

Camp Johnson, NC - June 2011: Bags of blood taken from Sailors assigned to Field Medical Training Battalion East are stored in a box during a blood drive as part of the Armed Services Blood Program. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Holly A. Williams)

Patients of the Military Health System who have recovered from COVID-19 are being asked to donate plasma for treating critically ill patients. Those whose names are in the MHS records can expect to be contacted by their closest military hospital or the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP).

“We are asking for you to consider donating plasma via apheresis [the separation of plasma from other blood components] or whole blood donation process to help give others a fighting chance,” said Army Col. Audra L. Taylor, the ASBP chief.

The agency, the American Red Cross and Blood Centers of America all are collecting plasma from convalescent COVID-19 patients, following guidelines set forth by the Food and Drug Administration.