On May 11, 2023, the FDA issued final guidance regarding an individual donor assessment for all blood donors regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center agrees with data-driven changes in blood donation policies intended to keep the blood supply safe. Deferring prospective blood donors based on sexual orientation is no longer supported by data.
We are committed to implementing the FDA’s new final guidance as quickly as possible. The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center is working on changes to our regulated processes that will allow those who were previously ineligible to give in the future, in alignment with the new donor criteria. We expect to be ready with these changes by Fall 2023. Once The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center can implement these changes, our website will be updated. Until these changes are completed, our posted eligibility guidelines will remain in place. Thank you for your patience as we make these very important changes.
At Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center, your health and safety, along with the health and safety of our staff, are our top priorities. Our institutions are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus). The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital is continuing to accept blood and platelet donors in a safe and controlled environment. This letter from the Kraft Blood Donor Center will provide detailed information about donating blood at this time.
Immediate Need: Type-O Positive and Negative Blood Donors
The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.
Please consider scheduling a donation to help us replenish and maintain our supply of blood products for patients at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To schedule an appointment, please email email@example.com with your preferred donation type (blood or platelets), days you prefer to donate, and your phone number. You may also schedule a blood drive in your community or at your business by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 888-LETS-GIV (538-7448).
Thank you for helping the many patients who depend upon life-saving transfusions.