The nation’s blood shortage continues. Please encourage donation.

Blood supplies continue to be low nationwide.

Blood drive streamBlood supplies continue to be low nationwide.Blood supplies remain dangerously low across the United States. UAB Medicine and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive at UAB Hospital North Pavilion, Wednesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 17. 

The drive will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Appointments are encouraged and are available at, sponsor code “UABNP”, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). UAB’s North Pavilion is at 615 18th Street, Birmingham. All donors will receive a $10 Amazon gift card via e-mail.

As part of recommended social distancing, many frequent or casual blood donors have curtailed their normal activities, including blood donation. However, donating blood can be done safely as blood collection agencies have implemented multiple strategies to reduce any potential risk of exposure to staff and donors.

Donors of all blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors will receive a recognition item and a cholesterol screening.

UAB is one of the largest users nationally of blood supplied by blood centers. Donors can give blood up to six times a year, every eight weeks. The process takes about 45 minutes; the actual blood collection usually takes less than 20 minutes.