The French Blood Establishment (EFS) warns that blood reserves are always critical in France and is launching an emergency appeal for people to come and donate before, during, or after their holidays.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Blood stocks are always critical, we need all blood groups.”
[#UrgenceDonDeSang] ⚠️ Les stocks de sang sont toujours critiques, nous avons besoin de tous les groupes sanguins ! Si vous le pouvez, venez donner avant, pendant ou après vos vacances.
— Établissement français du sang (@EFS_dondesang) August 8, 2021
A reserve level of at least 100,000 bags is required to ensure that enough blood of each blood group is available in all hospitals.
Every year, approximately 500,000 patients are transfused, with an additional 500,000 being treated with drugs derived from blood plasma (immunoglobulins, coagulation factors, albumin, etc.)
The French Blood Establishment stated in May that it is possible to donate blood immediately following a Covid-19 vaccine injection, with no waiting period required. People who have had COVID symptoms must wait 14 days after the symptoms have subsided before donating blood.
All precautionary measures are taken for blood drives to avoid the risk of coronavirus transmission, including the mandatory use of masks for all participants, as well as measures of distancing and reinforced hygiene, according to the EFS.
There is a website (dondesang.efs.sante.fr) and an app (“Don de sang”) to find out about the collection points, and the “mon-rdv-dondesang.efs.sante.fr” site allows you to make an appointment. you.