PM announces RM472m Covid-19 care package for B40


PRIME Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) announced the Covid-19 Care Package (PPC) which is expected to benefit about 3.6 million bottom 40% (B40) households in preparation for the Covid-19 endemic phase.

The PM said the PPC aid, with an allocation of more than RM471.6 million, included among others, four reusable face masks and four Covid-19 self-test kits for each household.

In addition, each family will also receive a pulse oximeter and a thermometer, as well as user guidelines and health brochures.

“This effort, among others, aims at easing the financial burden of B40 households and preparing them towards new normal practices as well as helping them in protecting their families from Covid-19 infection,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

Ismail Sabri said the PPC would be distributed first to recipients of the Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) who are married.

“They comprise those who are married with or without children or single parents with children,” he said, adding that, to date, there are 8.4 million BPR recipients.

He said details regarding the implementation of the PPC will be announced by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

The government has also agreed to administer Covid-19 vaccine booster shots as part of efforts to increase protection among vulnerable groups against the deadly virus.

PM said priority will be given to high-risk groups such as healthcare frontliners and immunocompromised patients.

Besides these two categories, he said senior citizens with comorbidities and individuals who work or stay at long-term care facilities will also be given priority for the booster shots, adding that they will be administered once the adult population vaccination rate nationwide has surpassed 80%.

“This third (booster) dose will improve immunity levels among high-risk groups against Covid-19 infection as it (immunity level) could decrease after the second dose,” Ismail Sabri said.