Government agrees to implement COVID-19 booster shot for vulnerable groups, says PM

By Hakim Mahari 

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 September 2021: The government has agreed to implement the booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine for the vulnerable, Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. said.

According to him, the measure will be implemented after the immunisation coverage of the adult population nationwide reaches 80 percent.

Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri explained that the priority of giving this booster shot will be focused on high-risk groups first, such as members of the health front line, patients with immunocompromised immunity, the elderly with comorbidities.

In addition, he added, the booster shot will also cover individuals who live or work in long-term care facilities.

“This booster shot can increase the level of immunity among individuals at high risk for COVID-19 infection which may decrease within a certain period after the second dose.

“For that, a panel of medical and health experts is developing guidelines for the implementation of this booster shot,” Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri in a statement issued today. 

Besides, the Prime Minister announced that the government will allocate more than RM471.6 million for the purpose of providing the COVID-19 Care Package (Pakej Penjagaan COVID-19 or PPC) to Malaysian Families category B40.

Apart from that, he said, the package also aims to ease the financial burden of B40 household expenditure and to train the community to cultivate new norms, thus helping to protect their families from COVID-19 virus infection.

“The current PPC distribution will start with the recipients of Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) who already have families.

“These are among B40 households who are married with or without children; or single mothers or fathers who have children.

“This initiative is expected to benefit about 3.6 million B40 families. In total, there are 8.4 million ACA recipients,” the statement said. 

Each PPC aid set will contain a reusable face mask pack (four pieces per family);  four COVID-19 self-test kits;  one pulse oximeter; a thermometer as well as a usage guide leaflet and health info.***

Hakim Mahari

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