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.