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Critical blood shortage declared by Vitalant on World Blood Donor Day

Posted at 1:08 PM, Jun 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-14 15:26:03-04

Vitalant, a nonprofit blood service provider, has announced an urgent need for blood donors.

According to Vitalant, the number of new donors has decreased by 12% year over year with thousands of appointments going unfilled.

“Every time you donate you help ensure a patient’s lifesaving treatment doesn’t have to be put on hold,” said Vitalant Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Dr. Ralph Vassallo. “When patient needs consistently
outpace donors scheduling appointments, chances are higher a leukemia patient won’t be able to get their regular transfusion, or a transplant recipient will have their surgery delayed.”

To schedule an appointment visit vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825.

World Blood Donor Day was established by the World Health Organization to raise awareness of the need for safe and readily available blood supply.