As part of the on-going efforts to ensure Malaysians are supported in the battle against the pandemic, homegrown e-wallet Boost rolled out two COVID-19 initiatives. The first is focusing on the community with the new in-app booking of COVID-19 Home Swab Test where users can book for COVID-19 test in the comfort of their homes for as low as RM199. The second is leading and coordinating a nationwide aid collection through the re-introduction of ‘Tabung COVID-19 by Boost’ to help ease the burden of those in Sabah who are directly and indirectly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 Home Swab Test
The COVID-19 Home Swab Test feature enables users to book a COVID-19 test appointment directly on the Boost app and get tested by the certified medical personnel at the comfort of their homes. The COVID-19 test offered is a RT-PCR test, which is regarded as the gold standard for COVID-19 testing and is the most sensitive testing modality available in the market.
Users can choose from three packages – Gold, Platinum and Diamond – from as low as RM199. For those that need test results urgently, the Diamond package offers test results turnaround time within 12 hours. This home swab test is part of the Program Saringan Prihatin (PSP) PERKESO which makes it eligible for a RM150 subsidy claimable by all PERKESO contributors – both foreigners and locals. Application for the subsidy must be done by employers via the PSP PERKESO web portal after performing the test.
Users can book for a COVID-19 Home Swab Test in these simple steps:
- Click on the ‘COVID-19 Home Swab Test’ tile under ‘What’s New’ section on the homepage
- Enter postcode to check for coverage area
- Enter personal details and select desired package
- Partner medical laboratories will be in touch with user within 3 hours for an appointment submission made between 9AM-9PM, and the next day for those made after 9PM to confirm the preferred scheduled date and time
The tests are conducted by participating medical laboratories certified and accredited by the Ministry of Health. Currently only available in Klang Valley, the packages are valid for a period of 30 days from the date of its purchase. Users also need to declare they do not have a history of being tested positive for COVID-19 nor been in close contact with a known positive case over the past 21 days upon date of package purchase.
Tabung COVID-19 by Boost
‘Tabung COVID-19 by Boost’ was first introduced back in March during MCO and it managed to collect RM1,000,000 in donations for the Ministry of Health as well as the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and related NGOs.
This initiative is part of the #BoostGotYou campaign ‘Stay at Home’ edition launched last month under the ‘Protect’ pillar. The contributions will bring much needed aid to Sabah’s healthcare ecosystem, with practical and important healthcare supplies including ambulance-patient transfer hydraulic stretcher for hospitals and medical frontliners.
Malaysians can donate through ‘Tabung COVID-19 by Boost’ until 31 December 2020 by tapping on the ‘Tabung COVID-19’ tile on the Boost App homepage.