PLASMA DONORS ARE ESSENTIAL AS PART OF THE "CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INDUSTRY"
To Whom it May Concern:
Grifols operates a network of blood plasma donor centers under the names Biomat USA, Inc., Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation (BPC), Interstate Blood Bank, Inc. (IBBI), and Talecris Plasma Resources, Inc. (TPR). These centers and their donors are considered part of the "critical infrastructure industry" according to the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America which state: "If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule."
Plasma, a portion of human blood, is donated at Grifols' plasma donor centers and is then used to manufacture lifesaving medicines (including for immunocompromised individuals). Therefore, these centers, including their employees and donors, are within the category of essential, critical infrastructure (healthcare and pharmaceutical supply) that is exempted from general lockdown or closure pursuant to the President's Coronavirus Guidelines and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Employees traveling to and from our facilities and carrying a Grifols Identification Badge are performing essential travel duties to and from the plasma donor centers in the performance of their critical and essential work activities. Likewise, donors traveling to and from our facilities and carrying a Grifols Donor Payment Card are performing essential travel duties to and from the plasma donor centers to donate plasma.
Grifols centers have implemented mitigation strategies and procedures that align with recent guidance/orders from local, state, and federal authorities (including shelter in place and related orders) developed to control the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining critical and essential services. These include social distancing and decreasing donor congregation, enhancing existing cleaning protocols, monitoring employee and donor temperatures, and following guidelines on hand hygiene.
We will continue to closely monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to follow the guidance that is communicated by the health authorities. The health and safety of all of our employees and donors is Grifols' top priority.
If you have any further questions relating to this subject matter, please contact Simon Manoucherian at (323) 227-7685 or Vlasta Hakes at (202) 293-1506.
Deputy General Counsel
Head of Legal, North America
Director, Public Affairs
Corporate Affairs, North America
What kind of donation is right for me?
Please take time and study the literature provided in our "Become a donor" section above to figure out what kind of donation is the best fit for you.
You may donate plasma 2 times in a seven day period. You may donate Whole blood once every 56 days. Donating at one disqualifies you from donating at the other, so pick the one that works best for you!
What is plasma?
Plasma is the clear, straw-colored liquid portion of blood that remains after red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other cellular components are removed. It is the single largest component of human blood, comprising about 55 percent, and contains water, salts, enzymes, antibodies and other proteins.
What is Whole Blood?
Whole Blood is a specialized bodily fluid that delivers necessary substances to the body’s cells, such as nutrients and oxygen, and transports waste products away from those same cells. Whole Blood includes red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and all other components present in human blood. Our Whole Blood is not used for transfusions.