COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program
Thursday, July 2, 2020
The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is leading an effort to collect up to 10,000 COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) units by Sept. 30, 2020. Collected CCP will be available for treatment of COVID-positive patients in military hospitals that meet established criteria and in accordance with approved protocols. This effort is designed to increase operational readiness of our combat forces and will help our nation study the use of CCP as a treatment.
You likely have patients you diagnosed or treated for COVID-19 who are now recovered and symptom free. If you are near one of the Armed Services Blood Program collection centers listed below, we ask you actively reach out to any TRICARE beneficiary you treated for COVID-19 and encourage these patients to donate to DHA’s Convalescent Plasma Program.
Eligibility requirements for the Convalescent Plasma Program include:
- Must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Other travel/medical requirements may also apply.
- Have a prior diagnosis of coronavirus AND meet specific laboratory criteria.
- Be symptom-free for 14 days or more.
- Note: Patients who have ever been pregnant will need additional testing to determine if HLA antibodies are present.
The following Armed Services Blood Program collection centers are located in the TRICARE West Region:
- Naval Medical Center San Diego (619) 532-6650; 34800 Bob Wilson Dr., San Diego, CA 92134
- Camp Pendleton (619) 279-0526; 200 Mercy Circle, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
- Hawaii: Tripler Army Medical Center Blood Donor Center (808) 433-6699; 1 Jarrett White Road, Room 2A207, Tripler AMC, HI 96859
- Missouri: Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center (573) 596-5385, Building 822, 6656 Colorado Avenue, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
- Texas: Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center (915) 742-5365; 2489 Ricker Road, Fort Bliss, Texas 79916
- Washington: Joint Base Lewis/McChord Armed Services Blood Bank Center (253) 968-1903; 9904 East Johnson Street, Tacoma, WA 98431
Donors living near a center should contact them directly before going in to donate. You can share the above-listed phone numbers with patients who have questions on plasma donation/collections. More information is at www.militaryblood.dod.mil.
DHA’s efforts are focused on collecting convalescent plasma at military blood donation centers; however, if you or your patients aren’t near a blood donation center, information on how to donate can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/donate-covid-19-plasma.