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Blood drive today and tomorrow in Quincy – no masks required


The choice is yours, but Vitalant just advised that they are not requiring face masks for blood donors at blood drives being held today and tomorrow in Quincy!

“This was a surprising announcement,” says drive coordinator Elizabeth Smailes, who only learned of it this morning. “Needless to say, anyone who is more comfortable wearing a mask than not wearing one is welcome to do so, but it isn’t required.”

Smailes is encouraging donors to come in today because there are a number of open appointment slots. “We have unfilled slots at 12:30 and 12:45, then from 2:30 all the way to 5:45,” she says. “Walk-ins are always welcome. Just be sure to eat a solid meal before you donate and bring your picture ID.”

Smailes adds that there are numerous open spots at tomorrow’s drive as well. “Any time from 10:15 to 3:15 is available. Donating blood takes only about an hour, but the value to patients who need it can be life-changing, even life-saving. We hope to see a lot of donors both today and tomorrow who didn’t have time to make an appointment ahead of time.”

The two-day drive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held today, June 7, from noon to 6 p.m., and tomorrow, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The location is the corner of Bucks Lake Road and Bellamy Lane just west of the hospital.

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