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There are a number of things to consider when moving to Singapore. Probably the most important aspect to consider in any plan to move to Singapore is finance, as Singapore is hailed as one of the most expensive countries to live in. In Singapore, there are vaccination rules to abide by, so it is important to know what vaccines there are, which compulsory vaccines to take for you and your family as well as the costs incurred from getting the vaccinations in Singapore.

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Overview of vaccines in Singapore

For some, routine vaccinations in their home country are free of charge. However, in Singapore, vaccines can be quite expensive. If you have or are planning to get health insurance, take note of whether your plan covers vaccinations. Most local plans in Singapore do not cover vaccinations. International plans, on the other hand, usually do. With MyHEALTH Singapore Extensive or Elite, vaccination costs are covered up to a set amount with no referrals required.

Before starting your routine vaccination, there are a few things to take note of with regards to price:

  • The consultation fee
  • The cost of administering the vaccine
  • The cost of the vaccine

A common knowledge about private and public healthcare in general is that private care is always more expensive than public. This is true in Singapore, as private hospitals charge higher consultation and practice fees than in public hospitals. This is especially so if you are not covered by government subsidies or health insurance.

Therefore, it is advisable to check in advance the consultation fees of different hospitals before making a decision on where to get vaccinated.

Cost of childhood vaccinations in Singapore

There are mandatory vaccines to take in Singapore, especially for children. For example, vaccines for diphtheria must be taken before the age of one, and the vaccine for measles must be taken before the age of two. These two vaccines in particular are mandated by the law in Singapore. 

There are also other compulsory vaccines that children must take before entering primary school:

  • Bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG)
  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Tetanus, reduced Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Inactivated pollovirus (IPV)
  • Haemophilus influenza Type B (Hib)
  • PCV10 or PCV13
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (VAR)
  • Influenza (INF)

For citizens and permanent residents of Singapore, vaccinations are heavily subsidised by the government so as to make them highly accessible. There are no subsidies for foreigners, unfortunately, but any child living in Singapore is highly recommended by the government to take the recommended vaccines for the following viruses mentioned above.

Price wise, the table below provides a rough estimate of how much certain vaccines will cost without subsidies from the government. Prices may vary according to the clinic or hospital you visit, as well as your residential status in Singapore.

Vaccination Average price per dose before GST (SGD)
  Permanent resident Non-resident
5-in-1 (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis + Inactivated Polio Vaccine + Haemophilus Influenza type B) $52.50-$105.00
6-in-1 (Diphtheria, 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-$70.00
Influenza
(2 doses for children from 6 months to < 9 years of age who have not previously been vaccinated)
$26.50-$30.00
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (Child) $20.00 $40.00
Pneumococcal 13-Valent (Child) $150.00-$274.00
Rotavirus $95.00
Varicella (Chickenpox) $72.00-$90.00

The following above only considers the cost of the vaccine. Depending on the clinic or hospital you visit, consultation and administration fees are also different and should be added into the costs listed above.

Schedule of childhood vaccinations in Singapore

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

National Childhood Immunisation Schedule, Singapore

Vaccination against

Birth

1 Month

3 Months

4 Months

5 Months

6 Months

12 Months

15 Months

18 Months

10-11 Years^

Tuberculosis BCG                  

Hepatitis B

HepB

(D1)

HepB

(D2)

   

HepB

(D3)#

       

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis

   

DTaP

(D1)

DTaP

(D2)

DTaP

(D3)

     

DTaP

(B1)

Tdap

(B2)

Poliovirus

   

IPV

(D1)

IPV

(D1)

IPV

(D1)

     

IPV

(D1)

OPV

(B2)

Haemophilus influenza type b

   

Hib

(D1)

Hib

(D2)

Hib

(D3)

     

Hib

(B1)

 

Measles, Mumps, Rubella

           

MMR

(D1)

MMR

(D2)##

 

Pneumococcal Disease

   

PCV

(D1)

 

PCV

(D2)

 

PCV

(B1)

   
Human Papillomavirus Recommended for females from 12 to 26 years;
two doses recommended at age 12-13 years and 13-14 years

Influenza

Annual vaccination or per season for all children age 6 months to <5 years (6-59 months)
Annual vaccination or per season for children and adolescents age 5-17 years with specific medical condition or indication

 

Legend:

BCG Bacillus Calmette-Guerin 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

Source : The Singaporean Government's Health Promotion Board

For foreign-born children applying for long term immigration passes to Singapore, they are required to submit documents verifying their vaccination proof for diphtheria and measles to the Health Promotion Board first before applying for their long term passes. You can find the steps for the vaccination requirements here.

Cost of vaccinations in Singapore

When travelling around Asia, there are a few vaccines that are needed in multiple countries while others are highly recommended. Therefore, it is recommended to plan your vaccinations in advance. Some vaccinations require more than one dose and are taken over a period of time.


Below is a list of the recommended vaccines and costs of the vaccines if you are planning on travelling around Asia. Note that the prices are a rough estimate.

Vaccination Average price per dose before GST (SGD) Doses Average price before GST (SGD) considering the number of injections needed

Hepatitis A

$71 2 $142
Hepatitis B $53 3 $159
Influenza $30 1 $30
Polio $100 1 $100
Rabies $170 3 $510
Tetanus $37 1 $37
Typhoid $30 1 $30
Yellow Fever $164 1 $164

Comprehensive health insurance benefits to look after your family

To give you peace of mind while raising your family, a new child health check benefit is now also available and supplements our existing checkup and vaccinations benefits. This means that you may enjoy even higher benefit limits to monitor your children’s health as they grow up.

Both adult preventive health screening and child health screening benefits are fully covered for Elite members.

If you wish to find out more about the recent changes on MyHEALTH, or to learn more about the flexible range of coverage options available with a MyHEALTH Singapore plan get in touch with your preferred broker or with a member of our team!

If you'd like to explore coverage options and pricing, you can use our online funnels to build your own plan for you and your family; selecting different benefits and coverage levels for individual families and much more.

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