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Blood drives next week in Gloucester

This spring, as COVID-19 vaccines become more available and people resume some of their favorite activities, the American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for blood remains. Healthy individuals are encouraged to make a blood donation appointment now.

But what about those who’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine … can they donate?

As long as donors are symptom-free, feeling well and can provide the vaccine manufacturer’s name, there’s no waiting period required after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the U.S., according to the American Red Cross. Additional blood donation eligibility information is available at

Two American Red Cross blood drives will be held next week in Gloucester. From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, a drive will be held at Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary. And from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Thursday, May 6, another drive will be held at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester.

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