American Red Cross experiencing severe blood shortage |

American Red Cross experiencing severe blood shortage

Created: June 15, 2021 03:53 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage.

The organization says the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries are rising.

The Red Cross needs more blood donors, especially those with type O blood or those giving platelets, to ensure hospital shelves can stay stocked.

Those who give blood from Tuesday through June 30, will receive a $5 Amazon gift card by mail.

The Red Cross says in most cases, people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to donate blood and platelets, however, donors must know the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received to determine eligibility.

Appointments can be scheduled using the Red Cross Blood Donor App for iOS or Android, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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