December is typically a time when San Diego's local blood supply dips because people are busier than usual, and donating blood may not be top of mind. With seasonal flu, Omicron and Delta variants of COVID-19 still an uncertain bet, coupled with holiday travel and gatherings, and school closures, blood banks across the country are feeling the effects of a national shortage of blood donations.
San Diego is experiencing a blood supply shortage as well. Hospitals are working to conserve blood products to be prepared for emergencies that may come about over the next few weeks. Healthy individuals are needed to donate blood to help provide a safety net for the region.
Now is the time to come in and donate. Invite a friend, colleague, or family member to donate blood with you to help keep a safe blood supply over the coming holiday weeks for patients spending Christmas and New Years in local hospitals. We can't thank our blood donors enough for stepping up during this time of need.
"We are hoping for the best but planning for the worst. We're just trying to keep enough blood on the shelf in case one of those emergency cases, such as a trauma or childbirth or medical bleeding, came in, so we have blood available to give to patients emergently." Dr. Kristen Mekeel, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Surgical Quality at UC San Diego Health, told 10 News.
Just one pint of blood can save up to three local lives. To donate blood, you must be 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 114 pounds and be in general good health. Find a location near you or call (619) 400-8251.
San Diego Blood Bank has eight convenient locations from Chula Vista to Vista and mobile blood drives running throughout the county.
When you donate by January 2, walk away with a voucher for a FREE entrée* from Broken Yolk Café. San Diego Blood Bank and Broken Yolk will donate 10 meals to the San Diego Food Bank for every donation as well to help more local families this holisay season.
For information about COVID-19 and blood donation, including exposure, travel, vaccine, and symptom deferrals for all donors, visit sandiegobloodbank.org/covid19.
*Vouchers may be redeemed for one (1) FREE entrée up to $14 value. Dine-in or take out. Vouchers cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. Available while supplies last.