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New COVID-19 Antibody Test For Donors Test Detects Natural or Vaccine Response

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Arkansas Blood Institute celebrates National Blood Donor Month by offering donors a NEW COVID-19 Antibody test.

January 3 – 31, blood donors will receive a new COVID-19 antibody test, which detects natural or vaccine response, and their choice of holiday movie-themed long sleeve t-shirt.

Donors can take advantage of this new testing by donating blood with Mansfield High School on Wednesday, January 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.on the bloodmobile. 

“We value the generosity of our donors and are committed to providing them important information about their health,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “This new antibody test provides even more clarity to Arkansans regarding their body’s response to either COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccine. This information will provide value to vaccinated donors and those who are not yet vaccinated.”

The antibody test was created by Abbott, an American health technology company. Test results will be available on the donor portal, in the same area as other standard testing like cholesterol and blood pressure.

Arkansas Blood Institute is the local, non-profit blood supplier, supporting the inventory for patients in more than 40 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.   

Appointments can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777 or visiting arkbi.org. More information on Arkansas Blood Institute can be found at arkbi.org. Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives.

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