Some skeptical of COVID vaccine now asking for blood transfusions from only unvaccinated people
Those skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine have new concerns, this time when it comes to blood transfusions.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Those skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine have new concerns, this time when it comes to blood transfusions. People have been declining medically advised transfusions and asking for blood only from the unvaccinated.
“The vast majority of patients understand the value of a transfusion. The last thing they should be worried about is whether or not the donor has been vaccinated,” Jed Gorlin, VP and Medical Director of the Nebraska Community Blood Bank said.
Gorlin says a study, coordinated by Mayo that included more than 100,000 patients, found no higher adverse effects than would be expected from a plasma transfusion alone. Furthermore, blood from a vaccinated person doesn’t contain any residual vaccine but does transfer protective antibodies.
In fact, he said a big concern from those who don’t want to be vaccinated is that they will get it second hand from a blood transfusion, but that is simply not true.
The mRNA in the vaccine will not be transferred.
“You certainly don’t need to worry about any adverse effects from the vaccine mRNA disappears incredibly rapidly. So, the vaccine is not floating free in the in the blood, it just doesn’t last very long,” Gorlin said.
He said everyone has the right to refuse a medical treatment recommended by doctors but he said it’s important for people to know, vaccinated or not, that blood has the potential to save you.
On top of that, your doctor doesn’t know who donated the blood, so there is no way to identify a vaccinated versus unvaccinated donation.