Local community blood drive March 7

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Seeking blood donors to prevent shortages

By Maria Gillen
Special to the Express

The Winters Lions Club will host a blood drive on Monday, March 7 from 1–6 p.m. in the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. in Winters.

Appointments are encouraged to maximize safety protocols, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment contact Vitalant at 877-258-4825 and mention blood drive code SMFM164 or visit Vitalant.org click on the “Donate” button and then type “Winters, CA” in the search box to find the online appointment schedule to sign up.

Vitalant urges all eligible donors to give blood during March, Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month, and help patients who rely on regular donations to support their treatment, as well as emergency patient needs.

Bleeding disorders which don’t allow a person’s blood to clot properly, can cause chronic pain, joint damage and uncontrollable bleeding. Blood donations are vital to their treatment. Making and keeping donation appointments helps ensure a steady flow of donations through Vitalant for routine and emergency patient needs.

Eligibility and appointments
There is no waiting period after receiving a flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine . To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate, please visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).

Vitalant follows strict protocols to ensure the safety of donors, patients, and staff, including social distancing and other precautions. Masks are required for all donors, staff, volunteers and guests regardless of vaccination status. There is no waiting period to donate after receiving a Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccine or seasonal flu vaccine if other eligibility requirements are met.

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