COVID-19 Antibody Testing is back!

The Blood Connection is bringing back its COVID-19 antibody screening that tests each donor’s blood to see if it contains the antibodies from a natural response AND vaccine response. This testing detects a donor’s response to any of the COVID-19 vaccines in addition to a donor’s natural immune response to the virus.

COVID-19 antibody testing will not happen automatically. The donor must redeem the testing with their TBC Reward Points in the donor portal within 3 DAYS of donation. After the order has been submitted, results will be posted within 7 business days.

 

Ordering Your Antibody Test

To order your COVID-19 Antibody Test, make sure it has been less than 3 days since your donation. If it has been longer than that, you will need to wait until your next donation. If it has been within 3 days, you can order the testing. Log into your TBC Donor Portal, and click on TBC Store. Click on the icon pictured above. Once the item is added to your cart, check out to finish your order. A confirmation email will be sent to you regarding your order.

*if you do not have a TBC Donor Portal account already made, click here to register

Viewing Your Results

After ordering your COVID-19 Antibody Test, you will be able to view the results in your Donor Portal in an internet browser (on any device). These results can take about 7 business days after your order has been submitted. Your results will be listed under the “My Test Results” icon. Please note, a positive COVID-19 Antibody Test does not mean that you are immune to COVID-19 or any other virus. 

More Information About Antibody Testing

How Do I Donate?

First, make an appointment by going online or by calling 864.751.1155.

Second, make sure you meet all of the donor requirements.

Thirdly, once that is set, you will come to donate Whole Blood. Whole blood is the “regular donation” that most people think about when donating blood.

Requirements

  • Must be 16+ years old (those 16 yrs. old must have parental consent)
  • Must have Photo ID or Blood Donor Card
  • Must be at least 110lbs
  • Must be feeling healthy

If you currently are not feeling well and think you could have symptoms of COVID-19, please DO NOT come to donate blood at this time. Stay home, call your doctor, and come donate with us when you are feeling well again. Remember: The TBC COVID-19 Antibody Test does not test if you currently have COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the COVID-19 Antibody Test?

The COVID-19 Antibody Test has been updated. This new test will look at each donor’s blood to see if it contains the antibodies from a natural response AND vaccine response. TBC’s prior antibody screening (which started before vaccines were released) only detected a donor’s natural response to the virus. This new antibody screening will detect both.

How is the new testing different than the one you did before?

The Blood Connection’s new COVID-19 antibody screening tests each donor’s blood to see if it contains the antibodies from a natural response AND vaccine response. This means the screening will now detect a donor’s response to any of the COVID-19 vaccines in addition to a donor’s natural immune response to the virus. TBC’s prior antibody screening (which started before vaccines were released) only detected a donor’s natural response to the virus. This new antibody screening will detect both. In other words, if you got the vaccine, your results should be positive.

How is this test different from COVID-19 Testing?

This test is much different. The COVID-19 testing, which is often administered by a nasal swab, detects if the patient is positive for the coronavirus. The COVID-19 Antibody Test, which is conducted through a test of a sample of the donor’s blood donation, does not test for the presence of COVID-19. It does detect if antibodies have been produced from a natural response or a COVID-19 vaccine response.

Do I have to pay for this test?

No, The Blood Connection is offering COVID-19 Antibody Testing for every donor as a service to the community. However, you must redeem TBC Reward Points to receive the testing.

Do I have to be a blood donor?

Yes, in order to get the COVID-19 Antibody Test, a complete donation must be given. You don’t have to be a previous donor with TBC to receive the COVID-19 Antibody Test. This test is only available to those who complete a whole blood, platelets, or plasma donation where samples are successfully collected. A complete donation is required because we test the samples collected in the sample tubes at the end of each donation.

Will I be able to receive the results of the test?

Yes! The results of your COVID-19 Antibody Test will be provided to you online about 7 business days after your donation. You will need to log into your donor portal or register for an account to see your results. Go to thebloodconnection.org and click ‘Donor Portal.’ TBC staff will not be able to give results over the phone or by email. Donors need to check their results by logging into their donor portal.

Will the test results be in my TBC Donor Portal?

Yes! You will be able to log in to your TBC Donor Portal, click on the “My Test Results” icon and then click on the COVID-19 Antibody Test tab. Results will only be there if you have ordered the antibody testing within 3 days of your donation.

If I test positive for the antibodies, does that mean I am immune to COVID-19?

This is not a diagnostic test. Receiving a positive test does not mean that you are or have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. Receiving a positive COVID-19 antibody test DOES NOT mean you have immunity to the COVID-19 virus. However, it is indicative of your body’s immune response to COVID-19, including a response from the vaccine. TBC strongly encourages ALL donors to continue to follow mask and social distancing guidelines that are in place in your area and across the country. If you have any questions about your results, discuss them with your physician.