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 (i) Moderna/Spikevax and Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine for persons aged 6 months to 11 years and, (ii) Moderna/Spikevax, Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty and Novavax/Nuvaxovid vaccine for persons aged 12 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?

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

Children aged 5-17 years are recommended to receive 2 doses of Moderna/Spikevax OR Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine. 

Children aged 12-17 years can also opt to receive 2 doses of Novavax/Nuvaxovid. 

For minimum protection: 
Children aged 5-17 years 
are recommended to receive 1 additional dose, from at least five months after completing their primary vaccination series.

Children who were aged below 5 years who had completed their primary series of vaccination (i.e. with 2 doses of Moderna/Spikevax or 3 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty), should receive a further dose of the Moderna/Spikevax or Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine after they turn 5 years old, and had received their last vaccine dose at least 5 months ago to achieve minimum protection.

How to get your child vaccinated

All children aged 6 months and above may walk in with their parent/guardian to any of the Joint Testing and Vaccination Centres (JTVCs) or selected polyclinics that offers the vaccine recommended for the different age groups.

Children aged 12 years and above who wish to receive the Novavax/Nuvavovid vaccine may do so at any of the 19 participating Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) offering the vaccine.

Parents/guardians may book an appointment at a JTVC or PHPC for your child/ward to receive his/her vaccination using this link.

If your child/ward has already received his/her first vaccination dose, or if your child has had a prior COVID-19 infection, please take note of the minimum intervals required before the next vaccination should be received. For more information on the vaccine recommendations for children, please visit this link here.

To locate the nearest vaccination site, the types of vaccines offered, and its operating hours, please visit

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

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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