Donating Plasma After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

The CSL Behring Communication Team

May 05, 2021

  • Share:    
Plasma donors are needed more than ever as the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plasma remains in high demand for rare disease patients who depend on plasma-derived medicine. This "source plasma" is collected and fractionated to extract proteins, like immunoglobulins and clotting factor, needed by those with immune system problems or bleeding disorders. Plasma donations continue as usual at CSL Plasma centers, with mask wearing and other safety precautions in place. The U.S. has designated plasma collection centers as essential during the pandemic.

Donors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can still donate source plasma.

It is important to note, however, that donors who have received a COVID-19 vaccine cannot donate convalescent plasma, according to a recommendation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This is due to "uncertainty regarding the quality of the immune response produced by such investigational vaccines," the FDA recommendation says. "Convalescent plasma" is collected from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 in an effort to pass along their COVID-19 antibodies to others who are struggling to recover.

Several rare disease patient groups last year made personal appeals to plasma donors urging them to continue donating source plasma during this challenging time. Learn more about the donation process by watching the video below.

To learn more about donating plasma, visit

Opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of WITI.

Become a WITI Member!

Are you interested in boosting your career, personal development, networking, and giving back? If so, WITI is the place for you! Become a WITI Member and receive exclusive access to attend our WITI members-only events, webinars, online coaching circles, find mentorship opportunities (become a mentor; find a mentor), and more!

Become a Member

Member Coaching Circles

There are no WITI online coaching circles scheduled at this time. Please check back soon for updates.

More Coaching Circles

Our Story

Founded in 1989, WITI (Women in Technology International) is committed to empowering innovators, inspiring future generations and building inclusive cultures, worldwide. WITI is redefining the way women and men collaborate to drive innovation and business growth and is helping corporate partners create and foster gender inclusive cultures. A leading authority of women in technology and business, WITI has been advocating and recognizing women's contributions in the industry for more than 30 years.

Read More

The organization delivers leading edge programs and platforms for individuals and companies -- designed to empower professionals, boost competitiveness and cultivate partnerships, globally. WITI’s ecosystem includes more than a million professionals, 60 networks and 300 partners, worldwide.

WITI's Mission

Empower Innovators.
Inspire Future Generations.
Build Inclusive Cultures.

As Part of That Mission WITI Is Committed to

Building Your Network.
Building Your Brand.
Advancing Your Career.