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:
- The consultation fee
- The cost of administering the vaccine (by a nurse for example)
- The cost of the vaccine itself
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:
- Hepatitis B
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.
|Vaccination||Average price per dose before GST (SGD)|
|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|
(2 doses for children from 6 months to < 9 years of age who have not previously been vaccinated)
|Measles, Mumps, Rubella (Child)||$20.00||$40.00|
|Pneumococcal 13-Valent (Child)||$150.00|
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|
|Diphtheria , Tetanus , Pertussis||DTaP|
|Haemophilus influenzae type b||Hib|
|Measles , Mumps , Rubella||MMR|
|Human Papillomavirus||Recommended forfemales from 9 to 26 years;
three doses are required at intervals of 0, 2, 6 months
|BCG||Bacillus Calmette-Guérin||OPV||Oral polio vaccine|
|HepB||Hepatitis B vaccine||PCV||Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine|
|DTaP||Paediatric diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine||D1/D2/D3||1st dose, 2nd dose, 3rd dose|
|Hib||Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine||B1/B2||1st booster, 2nd booster|
|Tdap||Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine||^||Primary 5|
|MMR||Measles, 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.|
|IPV||Inactivated polio vaccine||##||2nd dose of MMR can be given between 15-18 months|
- Child’s Birth Certificate
- Child’s Singapore Citizenship certificate / Dependant Pass / Long Term Visit Pass, etc (if child is not born in Singapore)
- Both parent’s Singapore NRIC (front and back)
- Both parent’s contact phone number and email address
- Residential and mailing address
- Child’s passport
- Child’s immunisation records in English
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.
If you want to travel in South-East Asia, here is a list of vaccines we recommend:
|Vaccination||Average price per dose before GST (SGD)||Doses||Average price before GST (SGD) considering the number of injections needed|
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.