Red Cross Does Not Sort Blood Donors by COVID Vaccination Status

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Originally published on by Marco Cáceres

Contrary to some claims, the American Red Cross reportedly does not sort blood donations according to whether an individual has been vaccinated for COVID-19. A representative of the organization explained, "blood is tested to ensure its safety based on FDA requirements and then provided to medical facilities for their use. Every unit of blood is tested to identify the donor's blood group (O, A, B or AB) and Rh type, and screened for atypical or unusual red cell antibodies."1

In message posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Sept. 13, 2022, the American Red Cross stated:

We don't label blood products as containing vaccinated or unvaccinated blood as the COVID-19 vaccine does not enter the bloodstream & poses no safety risks to the recipient. If you have safety concerns about potential blood transfusions, please speak with your medical care team.2

"I don't know of any blood center that is separating blood based on vaccine status. It has been determined based on all of our regulatory agencies, the FDA, the ABB, that it's not recommended or required to separate blood based on vaccine status," said Frances Compton, MD, director of the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) in Springfield, Missouri.1

The revelation that the American Red Cross is "indiscriminately mixing" vaccinated blood with unvaccinated blood has been a source of concern to people, who do not want transfusions of blood from those who received one or more of the experimental mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) COVID-19 shots--either Pfizer/BioNTech's Comirnaty or Moderna/NIAID's Spikevax.

In an article for Natural News, Ethan Huff explained that why some people do not want to receive blood donations from individuals who have had the mRNA COVID shots:

The reason this is highly problematic is because vaccinated blood is tainted blood, meaning the recipient will receive all the spike proteins and other toxins produced by the shots in the person who received them.3

In a recording video recording from Feb. 20, 2024 by an undercover journalist interviewing an official of the American Red Cross official, the official confirmed that the organization does not separate blood donations based on COVID vaccination status. The official said that the only way someone can get "blood that's not vaccinated is if they donate for themselves or if they have a family member that's willing to donate for them."4 5

A specific concern, however, would be if someone were to be in a car accident and needed a transfusion but was not able to arrange to get unvaccinated blood, there is a possibility that the person would unwittingly receive vaccinated blood. This scenario too was confirmed by the American Red Cross official in the recording:

Situations where you may be in a car accident or something, you need blood right away… there is a possibility that you'll be getting vaccinated blood.4

Legislation Requiring Disclosure of COVID Vaccination Status Introduced in Several States

The American Red Cross's failure to distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated blood in their blood supply has led legislators in several states in the United States to introduce legislation to require blood donors to disclose if they received COVID shots and for the packaging of blood from individuals given COVID shots to be clearly labeled. Among these states are Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Rhode Island and Wyoming.6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

One of the more recent bills is House Bill 115 - Donated blood-mRNA disclosure, sponsored by nurse practitioner Rep. Sarah Penn of the Wyoming State Legislature, who said:

Many have strived to keep their bodies free of this technology. They have had family members and friends suffer complications from mRNA therapies. The adverse effects are being increasingly documented in the literature. We cannot confidently say that there isn't risk," she wrote. "The burden of proof is on those claiming its safety and we … do not have the proof.6

None of these bills have been passed and made into law, but it does appear that there could be a growing demand in the U.S. for unvaccinated blood. A 2022 paper published in the British Journal of Haematology found that in the U.S. health care providers have "begun to encounter patients refusing blood based solely on the COVID‐19 vaccination status or COVID‐19 infection history of the blood donor." The authors of the paper continued…

These patients have adamantly demanded that physicians disclose details of the donor from whom they may potentially receive blood, including whether the donor received a COVID‐19 vaccine. These same patients, some of whom are likely to imminently require blood, have refused to consent to transfusion unless they can be assured that the blood donor did not receive a COVID‐19 vaccine, regardless of the risk of morbidity and mortality.14

"We are definitely aware of patients who have refused blood products from vaccinated donors," said Julie Katz Karp, MD, director of the blood bank and transfusion medicine program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia.15

Demand Growing for Blood from People Unvaccinated for COVID

In response to the demand for blood from unvaccinated people, non-profit organizations such as SafeBlood Donation have been established to match unvaccinated blood recipients with donors in countries around the world. The founder of SafeBlood Donation, Swiss naturopath George Della Pietra, believes that the mRNA COVID shots "contaminate" the blood and cause the "eventual destruction of the immune system."16

According the media director for SafeBlood Donation, Clinton Ohlers:

There are a large number of scientists and doctors who not only have great concerns about the COVID vaccines, but are convinced that they also enter the body via the blood through the back door, so to speak, and remain there.17

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was recently contacted by the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies to ascertain "requirements and limitations related to labeling of blood and blood components based on donor COVID-19 vaccination status." The FDA responded that the "justification for such requests and services may be based on misinformation and is not supported by any medical or scientific evidence."

The FDA added that there is no "validated method or test to determine whether a donor received an mRNA vaccine." The validity of this statement is unclear. There have been published studies that have shown otherwise.18 19 20 21


1 Adler P. Fact Finders: Do blood banks sort blood based on COVID-19 vaccination status? KY3 Feb. 9, 2022.

2 American Red Cross. @RedCrossX Sept. 13, 2022.

3 Huff E. TRANSFUSION CONFUSION: American Red Cross caught mixing vaxxed blood with unvaxxed bloodNatural News Sept. 26, 2022.

4 Crowder S. @scrowderX Feb. 20, 2024.

5 Nazarian A. Watch: Red Cross Official Admits They Don't Separate Blood Donations Based on COVID-19 Vaccine StatusThe Western Journal February 2024.

6 Beck M. Vaccine concerns prompt blood-labeling bill, but experts say there's no scientific basisThe Western Journal Feb. 14, 2024.

7 Illinois General Assembly. Bill Status of HB4243. 103rd General Assembly.

8 Kentucky General Assembly. House Bill 163. 2024 Regular Session.

9 Missouri Senate. SB 1429. 2024.

10 Montana Legislature. HOUSE BILL NO. 645. 2023.

11 Rhode Island State Legislature. RI H7881. 2024.

12 State of Connecticut General Assembly. Proposed Bill No. 531, AN ACT CONCERNING BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS FROM UNVACCINATED BLOOD DONORS. January Session, 2023.

13 State of Wyoming. HB0115 - Donated blood-mRNA disclosure. 67th Legislature.

14 Jacobs JW et al. Refusing blood transfusions from COVID‐19‐vaccinated donors: are we repeating history? Br J Haematol February 2022; 196(3): 585-588.

15 Aleccia J. 'Tainted' Blood: Covid Skeptics Request Blood Transfusions From Unvaccinated DonorsKFF Health News Aug. 17, 2021.

16 Stein A. Nonprofit Blood Donation Service Starts Matching Unvaccinated Patients With DonorsThe Epoch Times Dec. 7, 2022.

17 AFP. Vaccine misinformation spawns 'pure blood' movementFrance 24 Jan. 25, 2023.

18 Association for the Advancement of  Blood & Biotherapies. Regulatory Update: FDA Clarifies Blood Labeling Requirements Related to COVID-19 Vaccination of Donors. Feb. 28, 2024.

19 Brogna C. Detection of recombinant Spike protein in the blood of individuals vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2: Possible molecular mechanismsWiley Online Library Aug. 31, 2023.

20 Fertig TE. Vaccine mRNA Can Be Detected in Blood at 15 Days Post-VaccinationBiomedicines July 2022; 10(7): 1538.

21 Samaniego Castruita SARS-CoV-2 spike mRNA vaccine sequences circulate in blood up to 28 days after COVID-19 vaccinationWiley Online Library Jan. 17, 2023.

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