Vaccinating Your Child

Although fewer children have been seriously ill with COVID-19 compared to adults, they can, in some cases, become seriously ill or develop severe COVID-19 complications, such as MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children). Vaccination protects your child from developing a severe infection if he/she does get infected.

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for children?

Only COVID-19 vaccines that are assessed to be safe and efficacious are authorised by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for use in Singapore. Accordingly, the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination has recommended the Moderna/Spikevax and Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for persons aged 6 months to 4 years, and the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for persons aged 5 years to 17 years. 

The common side effects (such as injection site pain, fatigue, headache) of the vaccines are generally mild to moderate and resolve within a few days. Serious adverse events, such as severe allergic reactions and inflammation of the heart or its lining, are very rare. The doses of the vaccines for children are reduced compared to adolescents and adults.

How many doses of vaccines are recommended for children? Who is eligible?

Minimum Protection 

Children aged 6 months to 4 years - 2 doses of Moderna/Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine, OR 3 doses, Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine*. The recommended intervals between the doses are eight weeks.

Children aged 5 years to 17 years - 3 doses, Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine The recommended interval between the first and second dose is eight weeks, while the recommended interval between the second and third dose is five months. This first and second dose were previously referred to as ‘primary vaccination’, and the third dose is also known as the booster dose. Children who were aged below 5 years and had completed their vaccination, should receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine after they turn 5. This third dose should be at least five months from their last vaccine dose.

*The Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine will be available from 16 January 2023 onwards.

Up-to-dateChildren aged 12 and above who have achieved minimum protection should also 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. The updated bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine is recommended for this additional booster dose in ages 12 to 17 years.


How to register your child for vaccination

Parents/guardians of children aged 6 months to 4 years would need to register their interest for their child/ward to receive the vaccination at https://child.vaccine.gov.sg. An SMS with a personalized booking link will be sent to the registered mobile number of the parent/guardian within three to five working days to book a vaccination appointment at a Joint Testing and Vaccination Centre (JTVC)*, Vaccination Centre (VC) or selected Polyclinic that offers the recommended vaccine of choice.

To book an appointment for children aged 5 to 11 years:

  • Parents/guardians would need to register your child/ward at https://child.vaccine.gov.sg if your child/ward has not received any prior COVID-19 vaccination. An SMS with a personalised booking link will be sent to the registered mobile number of the parent/guardian within three to five working days to book a vaccination appointment at any JTVC, VC, selected Polyclinic or participating Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPC) offering the paediatric Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine. Please note that vaccination at polyclinics and PHPCs are by appointment only. 
  • If your child/ward has already completed two doses previously and is eligible for the third dose in order to achieve minimum protection, you will receive an SMS notification to book the booster vaccination via the personalised booking link provided.

All individuals, including children below the age of 12, may also walk in to a Joint Testing and Vaccination Centre (JTVC)*, Vaccination Centre (VC) or polyclinic that offers the vaccine recommended for the different age groups from 4 January 2023 onwards. On days where there is high demand for vaccination, individuals should expect a longer waiting period. 

To locate the nearest vaccination site and its operating hours, please visit https://gowhere.gov.sg/vaccine.

When walking in to JTVCs or CVCs for vaccination, you would need to bring along your child/ward’s identification document (e.g. Birth Certificate and Health booklet/Passport/Student Identification Card/Singpass) for verification. Under the National Vaccination Programme, children/wards below 18 years will require the consent of their parents/guardians to get vaccinated, and must bring along a duly completed and signed hard or electronic copy of the parental consent form, which can be downloaded here. 

*Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty for children aged 6 months to 4 years and 5 to 11 years will only be offered at JTVC Ang Mo Kio and JTVC Bukit Merah from 16 January 2023 onwards.

On the day of vaccination

You must accompany your child/ward if he/she is aged 12 years and below. Children aged 13 years and above need not be accompanied.

You should bring along your child/ward’s identification document (e.g. Birth Certificate and Health booklet/Passport/Student Identification Card/Singpass) for verification. Please remember to bring either a printed or electronic copy of the signed consent form for their vaccination. You may use this letter of consent.

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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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