Why is vaccination important?

The risk of serious disease and even death from COVID-19 infection, especially in the elderly and other vulnerable groups, is high.

Keeping your COVID-19 vaccinations up-to-date protects you against the disease, minimises the risk of transmission, and protects our healthcare system from being overwhelmed. Vaccination is free under the National Vaccination Programme for all Singaporea Citizens, Permanent Resident, Long Term Pass Holders and cetain Short Term Pass holders.

What vaccines are available under the National Vaccination Programme?

What should I do to keep up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations?

You should keep up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations to be well-protected from COVID-19. You are advised to adhere to the following two recommendations:

Achieve Minimum Protection

To achieve minimum protection, persons aged 5 years and above should complete, as applicable,

  • Three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna/Spikevax or Novavax/Nuvaxovid; or,
  • Four doses of Sinovac-CoronaVac#
These would be doses that were previously referred to as the primary vaccination series and the first booster.

Keep Up-To-Date

The following persons who have achieved minimum protection should receive an additional booster dose between five months to one year from their last vaccine dose to keep up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination:
  • Persons aged 12 years and above (see figure below)
  • Persons who live in aged care facilities
  • Persons who are medically vulnerable and at higher risk of severe disease
The updated bivalent vaccine is recommended for this.  A person is considered up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received at least the minimum protection and their last vaccine dose was received within the past one year.

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# To achieve minimum protection, persons who had received the first dose of the mRNA or Novavax/Nuvaxovid vaccines, but are medically ineligible to continue with the vaccines, should receive 3 doses of the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine.

Who should receive COVID-19 vaccinations and what are the recommended vaccine doses?

Persons Aged:

Recommended vaccination schedule

6 months to 4 years

Children 6 months to 4 years should complete two doses of Moderna/Spikevax given eight weeks apart, OR three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty given eight weeks apart.

5 to 11 years

Persons aged 5 to 11 years should complete three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/Cominarty.

The first and second dose should be spaced eight weeks apart, while the recommended interval between the second and third dose is five months.

Persons who are medically vulnerable and at higher risk of severe disease* should thereafter receive an additional booster dose between five months to one year from their last dose if recommended to do so by their doctor.

12 to 17 years
Persons aged 12 to 17 years should complete three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty for minimum protection.

The first and second dose should be spaced eight weeks apart, while the recommended interval between the second and third dose is five months.

Thereafter, they should receive an additional booster dose between five months to one year from their last dose. The updated bivalent vaccine (i.e. bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty) is recommended for this.

18 years and above

For minimum protection, persons aged 18 years and above should complete,

  • Three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna/Spikevax or Novavax/Nuvaxovid, or,
  • Four doses of Sinovac-CoronaVac

The first and second dose should be spaced eight weeks apart, while the recommended interval between the second and third dose is five months. Individuals who receive the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine should receive four doses. The first and second dose should be spaced eight weeks apart. Thereafter, the recommended interval between the second and third, as well as third and fourth dose is three months.

Thereafter, they should receive an additional booster dose between five months to one year from their last dose. The updated bivalent vaccines (i.e. bivalent Moderna/Spikevax or bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech/Cominarty)
* is recommended for this.

* Persons aged 5 to 11 years with health conditions such as those listed here, will need a referral memo from their treating doctors to receive an additional booster dose.

Locations for vaccination

All persons eligible for COVID-19 vaccination may book an appointment at the Joint Testing and Vaccination Centres (JTVCs)/ participating Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs)/ Polyclinics/Vaccination Centres (VCs) via your SMS invitation. You may also receive your doses by walking into any JTVC or VC that offers the vaccine recommended for the different age groups. On days where there is high demand for vaccination, individuals should expect a longer waiting period.

Mobile Vaccination Teams (MVTs) have been deployed to selected heartland locations to make it even more convenient for our seniors to get vaccinated and boosted. The MVTs will be deployed at selected Residents’ Committee Centres at residential blocks and Community Centres. Each MVT will be deployed at a given site for a few days before moving on to the next location.

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Persons who are unable to leave home (e.g. persons with disabilities, mobility difficulties etc.) but want to receive their vaccination may arrange for the services of Home Vaccination Teams (HVTs). They may do so through the following means:

MOHHotline: 69959199 
AIC/SGO - For seniors (60 and above), and persons on homecare services (medical, nursing, therapy, personal care)
Hotline: 1800-650-6060
Email: enquiries@aic.sg
MSF/SG Enable - For persons with disabilities and/or special needs
MSF
Hotline: 1800-111-2222

SG Enable
Hotline: 1800-8585 885
Email: contactus@sgenable.sg

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Frequently Asked Questions

SectionDescription
About COVID-19 VaccinesInformation about COVID-19 vaccines, including its safety, side-effects, and effectiveness
Vaccine RecommendationsHow to achieve minimum protection and keep up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination
Vaccine Recommendations Specific for ChildrenCOVID-19 vaccination recommendations in children and adolescents below 18 years
Getting VaccinatedHow to get vaccinated and what to expect for your vaccination
Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme for COVID-19 Vaccination (VIFAP)Financial assistance for persons who develop serious side effects due to COVID-19 vaccination
Overseas Vaccination Records and TravelChecking your vaccination records and travelling


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