Red Cross says blood donations needed, vaccinated or not

MEDFORD, Ore, —The Red Cross says the need for blood is constant, and they’ll accept your donations, whether you’re vaccinated or not.

But a spokesperson with the Red Cross tells us, it only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation.

To help keep everyone attending red cross blood drives and donation centers safe, it requires blood donors and staff to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

As for staffing, the Red Cross says it’s working with the OHA to see if the state vaccination mandate applies to people who collect blood donations.

The Red Cross is strongly encouraging its employees and the public to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Jenna King is the 6pm and 11pm anchor for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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