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How much do vaccines cost in Singapore?

09 May 2018

For newcomers as well as for long-term residents, vaccination is a hot-button topic. First of all, people may not fully agree with vaccination as must-do. Secondly, doing vaccines in a foreign country can be difficult to consider for some people. In addition, routine vaccinations in your country of origin may be free. However, in Singapore, vaccines can be quite expensive.

According to your health insurance contract, you might or might not be covered for your vaccinations. Most of the local policies don’t cover vaccinations. However, international insurance usually do. You must also check up the amount of the reimbursement. For example, with UEX, for Base Plan 3 and 4, the reimbursement is up to S$900.

Similar to hospitalization, the costs of vaccines vary according to whether you get vaccinated in a public or private hospital, at a clinic, a GP… Most of the time, prices of vaccinations exclude doctor’s consultation.

Before going getting your routine vaccination, you must take into account that the price will be composed of:

In Singapore, you will pay more in a private hospital than in a public hospital. This is due to higher consultation fees and practice costs in private hospitals. Therefore, you should inquire about the price of your consultation before you get vaccinated. You can find the list of hospitals in Singapore and their respective telephone numbers on our website.

Cost of childhood vaccinations in Singapore

You must take into account that some mandatory vaccines in Singapore. For example, Diphtheria must be done before the age of one. For measles, it need to be done before two.

Furthermore, here are the mandatory vaccines for entering primary school:

Here is the price per dose before GST (SGD) for these vaccines. However, this table includes optional vaccines (Hepatitis A, Influenza, Rotavirus, Varicella). The prices may vary according to your residential status in Singapore.

VaccinationAverage price per dose before GST (SGD)
Permanent ResidentNon-Resident
5-in-1 (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis + Inactivated Polio Vaccine + Haemophilus Influenza type B)$52.50$105.00
6-in-1 (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis + Inactivated Polio Vaccine + Haemophilus Influenza type B + Hep B)$120.00
Hepatitis A Junior (Single)$66.00
Hepatitis B (<7 years)$20.00$40.00
Influenza
(2 doses for children from 6 months to < 9 years of age who have not previously been vaccinated)
$26.50
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (Child)$20.00$40.00
Pneumococcal 13-Valent (Child)$150.00
Rotavirus$95.00
Varicella (Chickenpox)$72.00

Don’t forget to take into account that for the total price of the vaccine cost, you have to add the consultation and administration cost.

Schedule of childhood vaccinations in Singapore

Here is the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule in Singapore. Please note that immunisations for Diphtheria and Measles are compulsory by law in Singapore.

National Childhood Immunisation Schedule, Singapore
Vaccination againstBirth1
Month
3
Months
4
Months
5
Months
6
Months
12
Months
15
Months
18
Months
10-11
Years^
TuberculosisBCG
Hepatitis BHepB
(D1)
HepB
(D2)
HepB
(D3)#
Diphtheria , Tetanus , PertussisDTaP
(D1)
DTaP
(D2)
DTaP
(D3)
DTaP
(B1)
Tdap
(B2)
PoliovirusIPV
(D1)
IPV
(D2)
IPV
(D3)
IPV
(B1)
OPV
(B2)
Haemophilus influenzae type bHib
(D1)
Hib
(D2)
Hib
(D3)
Hib
(B1)
Measles , Mumps , RubellaMMR
(D1)
MMR
(D2)##
Pneumococcal DiseasePCV
(D1)
PCV
(D2)
PCV
(B1)
Human PapillomavirusRecommended forfemales from 9 to 26 years;
three doses are required at intervals of 0, 2, 6 months

Legend:

BCGBacillus Calmette-GuérinOPVOral polio vaccine
HepBHepatitis B vaccinePCVPneumococcal conjugate vaccine
DTaPPaediatric diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccineD1/D2/D31st dose, 2nd dose, 3rd dose
HibHaemophilus influenzae type b vaccineB1/B21st booster, 2nd booster
TdapTetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine^Primary 5
MMRMeasles, mumps, and rubella vaccine#3rd dose of HepB can be given with the 3rd dose of DTaP, IPV and Hib for the convenience of parents.
IPVInactivated polio vaccine##2nd dose of MMR can be given between 15-18 months

source : The Singaporean Government’s Health Promotion Board

In the case of vaccinations done overseas, you can notify the National Immunisation Registry (NIR).  You need to email the following documents to hpb_nir@hpb.gov.sg:

As some vaccinations are mandatory for children at the primary school, we strongly recommend to transfer these documents.

Cost of travel vaccinations in Singapore

While travelling throughout South-East Asia or in the world, some vaccines may be needed or are strongly recommended. Check out our article to find out travel vaccinations required while traveling in South-East Asia. Keep in mind to plan your vaccinations in advance. Some vaccinations may require more than one jab and must be spread over time.

For the south-east asia region, you can find here a map of the countries and the vaccines suggested.

Vaccination In south East Asia Travel

If you want to travel in South-East Asia, here is a list of vaccines we recommend: 

VaccinationAverage price per dose before GST (SGD)DosesAverage price before GST (SGD) considering the number of injections needed
Hepatitis A$712$142
Hepatitis B$533$159
Influenza$301$30
Polio$1001$100
Rabies$1703$510
Tetanus$371$37
Typhoid$301$30
Yellow Fever$1641$164

As we have written in our article, some vaccines such as Diphtheria are mandatory to live in Singapore. Furthermore, check the strict schedule for your child’s vaccines. However, these vaccines have a cost, and it can be interesting for you to have them covered by your health insurance. At UEX, with the Base plan 3 and 4, vaccines costs are covered up to $900 per year.

Sources:
https://www.nhgp.com.sg
https://www.sgh.com.sg
https://www.sgh.com.sg/Clinical-Departments-Centers/travelclinic/Pages/TravelClinic.aspx
https://www.kkh.com.sg/HealthPedia/Pages/ChildhoodIllnessesVaccinations.aspx
https://www.nir.hpb.gov.sg/nirp/eservices/immunisationSchedule
https://sg.theasianparent.com/are-vaccinations-mandatory-can-i-opt-out-of-it/


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