Social media has been on fire lately, as some sources were bringing an intriguing claim: those who get vaccinated for COVID won’t be able to donate blood and other fluids. As vaccines are highly recommended by medical researchers and authorities, a new article from HealthFeedback.org comes to demolish the wild claim.
TikTok user initially said, as quoted by HealthFeedback.org:
“The Red Cross says anyone who has received a COVID-19 vaccine cannot donate convalescent plasma”; “the vaccine wipes out these antibodies [against SARS-CoV-2]”
The verdict given for this claim is that we’re talking about an inaccurate statement. The individuals who were once infected and got the vaccine later are eligible for donating convalescent plasma, according to the American Red Cross. Furthermore, COVID vaccines cannot wipe out antibodies that were developed after infection.
The Red Cross website writes:
The FDA allows people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine to donate dedicated COVID-19 convalescent plasma within six months of their infection of the virus, based on data that antibodies from natural infection can decline after six months[…]
There are claims circulating that incorrectly state that the Red Cross will not accept convalescent plasma donations from those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine because ‘the vaccine wipes out those antibodies making the convalescent plasma ineffective in treating other COVID-19 patients.
There’s a lot of misinformation going around the online realm when it comes to COVID vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) actually took time to mention on its official website that COVID vaccines don’t contain microchips.
Finding false COVID vaccine news on the internet is easy. CDC’s website also admits that it can be difficult to know what sources you can trust. But before considering any info from the web about vaccinations, you must verify that the source is credible, says the agency.