Vaccination and Childhood Developmental Screening Subsidies

23 Jul 2020

Vaccination and Childhood Developmental Screening Subsidies

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The Vaccination and Childhood Development Screening Subsidies (VCDSS) enable all eligible Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) to receive subsidies for nationally-recommended vaccinations and Childhood Development Screenings (CDS) at polyclinics and/or CHAS GP clinics.

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Who is Eligible?


For vaccination subsidies: All Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) who meet the criteria for vaccination under the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) and National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS) are eligible for subsidies for nationally-recommeded vaccinations. All other groups, including SCs who do not meet the recommended criteria for vaccination, are not eligible for vaccination subsidy.

For CDS subsidies: All children who are SCs and PRs (from ages 0 to 6 years old) who attend Childhood Developmental Screening (CDS) according to the recommended touchpoints under local guidelines will be eligible for CDS subsidies.


What are the Benefits?


From 1 November 2020, Singaporeans will benefit from higher subsidies of between $35 to $125 for nationally-recommended vaccinations listed on the Subsidised Vaccine List (SVL) administered at CHAS GP clinics. Eligible Singaporeans need only pay the following amounts for the range of nationally recommended vaccinations at CHAS GP clinics, after government subsidies (See table 1):

• Eligible Singaporean children: $0 
• Eligible Pioneer Generation cardholders: capped at $9 to $16 per vaccination dose
• Eligible Merdeka Generation, CHAS Blue and Orange cardholders: capped at $18 to $31 per vaccination dose
• Other eligible adult Singaporeans: capped at $35 to $63 per vaccination dose 

At the polyclinics, adult Singaporeans will receive up to 75% subsidy for NAIS vaccinations. Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation seniors will also receive an additional 50% and 25% subsidy from their subsidised vaccination bills respectively. Prices after government subsidies are expected to be similar to that at the CHAS GP clinics.

Eligible Singaporean children will receive full subsidy for the seven childhood developmental screening milestones, at both CHAS GP clinics and polyclinics.


Table 1
: Patients’ Co-payment fee caps at CHAS GP Clinic

 ItemPatient's Fee Cap
ChildPGMG/ CHAS Blue/ CHAS Orange CHAS Green/ Non-CHAS 
Childhood Developmental Training$0N.A.

Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis, inactivated poliovirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP- IPV-Hib) (5-in-1)

DTaP- IPV-Hib-HepB (6-in-1)

Hepatitis B (HepB) (Adult)

N.A.$9$19$38

Hepatitis B (HepB) (Paediatric)

$0N.A.

Human papillomavirus (HPV2)

N.A.
$23$45

Influenza (INF) (trivalent or quadrivalent)

$9$18$35

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

$9$18$35

Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV)


N.A.

Oral poliovirus (OPV)

Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV10)

Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13)

$16$31$63

Pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPSV23)

$10$20$40

Tdap-IPV

N.A.

Tetanus, reduced diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap)

$10$20$40

Varicella  (chickenpox) (VAR)

$11$23$45

What are the vaccines that will be subsidised?


The subsidised brands can be found here.

How can I Apply?

No application is needed.

Eligible SCs and PRs will automatically receive vaccination and/or CDS subsidies when they visit a CHAS GP clinic and/or polyclinic. You may wish to check with your doctor if you meet the relevant criteria for vaccination under NAIS/NCIS. 

Nevertheless, while all CHAS GP clinics are required to offer vaccination subsidies, the clinics may not have vaccine stocks immediately available. Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to check with their clinics accordingly and to make an appointment for vaccination in advance.


How do I Find a CHAS Clinic?


CHAS clinics will display the CHAS sticker at their entrances.

You can also find a CHAS clinic here.

What is the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS)?


The National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) comprises childhood vaccinations recommended as the standard of care for protection against common vaccine preventable diseases that are of significant healthcare burden to Singapore. 

Under the Infectious Diseases Act, it is compulsory for parents and guardians to have their child vaccinated against diphtheria and measles.

In consultation with the Expert Committee on Immunisation, MOH regularly reviews the vaccination policies and vaccines listed on the schedule, taking into consideration local disease burden, vaccine safety, clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness of the vaccines. This ensures that the national recommendations for childhood vaccination are up to date.

What is the National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS)?


The National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS) provides guidance on vaccinations that persons aged 18 years and older should receive to protect themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases.

 

Certain adult groups are more susceptible to, or at risk of, acquiring vaccine preventable diseases if they have not previously received the vaccination and are in contact with individuals who have the infection.

Vaccines recommended under the NAIS helps reduce risk of infections among susceptible individuals and related complications, morbidity and mortality.

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