Available Subsidised Vaccines for Children and Adults at WL&H Medical Centre
Subsidised Vaccines Under NCIS and NAIS
Back in March 2020, the Former Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Home Affairs Amrin Amin announced that subsidised vaccines would be available for Singaporeans under the age of 18 at all Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) general practitioner clinics (GP clinics) under the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) as well as childhood development screenings by the end of 2020.
As of 1 November 2020, as a CHAS GP clinic and primary healthcare provider, WL&H Medical will be able to provide you, our valued clients and patients, and your loved ones with various vaccinations found under the NCIS as well as the National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS) at subsidised rates for qualifying individuals.
The NCIS includes eight types of subsidised vaccines, covering even those that guard against tuberculosis, hepatitis B and pneumococcal infections while the NAIS includes seven types of vaccines including those for influenza, the human papillomavirus (HPV) and pneumococcal infections.
Government Subsidy Amounts
Eligible individuals will enjoy subsidies between $35 to $125 for nationally-recommended vaccinations. The following table will show the amount that eligible individuals would have to pay after subsidies:
|Type of Individual||Amount to be Paid|
|Eligible Singaporean Children||$0|
|Eligible Pioneer Generation cardholders||Maximum of $9 to $16 per vaccination dose|
|Eligible Merdeka Generation, CHAS Blue and Orange cardholders||Maximum of $18 to $31 per vaccination dose|
|Other Eligible Adult Singaporeans||Maximum of $35 to $63 per vaccination dose|
*Note: Amount to be paid is dependant on the type of subsidised vaccines that is to be administered
Subsidised Vaccines Covered by Singapore Government
As per MOH regulations, subsidised vaccines will only be available for selected vaccine brands which are found on the Subsidised Vaccination List (SVL).
WL&H will endeavour to provide you with the vaccine brands of your choice, however, please note that only the selected brands in the SVL will be eligible for the government subsidies. For vaccines outside the subsidised vaccines list, you will have to pay for the full cost of the vaccine as there will be no government funding provided.
The SVL can be found on the Singapore Ministry of Health website: https://www.moh.gov.sg/resources-statistics/subsidised-vaccine-list.
Vaccination and Childhood Development Screening Subsidies (VCDSS)
The VCDSS is available for eligible Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents and looks to enable them to receive subsidies for nationally-recommended vaccinations and Childhood Development Screenings (CDS).
The CDS is conducted as a form of preventive care for all children aimed at identifying developmental delays in affected children for early intervention. Using established age ranges, children are evaluated to identify if they are completing specific developmental milestones, thus regular periodic developmental screenings are recommended.
Children who undergo the CDS are evaluated on seven (7) touchpoints which are spread across six (6) years. Each screening covers growth monitoring, physical examination and developmental checks. These developmental checks focus on four (4) main areas: personal-social, fine motor, gross motor and language. These checks are usually conducted in tandem with the recommended childhood vaccination schedule.
The below shows the recommended schedule for the NCIS Vaccinations as well as CDS Touchpoints:
|Age||NCIS Vaccination||Recommended CDS Touchpoints||Age Range for CDS Touchpoint|
|At Birth*||BCG (D1)
Hep B (D1)
|4 weeks||–||4 weeks|| 4 – 8 weeks|
|2 months||6-in-1 (D1)†||–|
|3 months||–||3 months or 4 months**|| 3 – 5 months|
|4 months||5-in-1 (D2)
|6 months||6-in-1 (D3)
|6 months||[3 & 4] 6 – 12 months|
|12 months||MMR (D1)
|15 months||MMRV (D2)||–|| 15 – 22 months|
|18 months||5-in-1 (B1)||18 months|
|30 months||–||30 months|| 24 – 36 months|
|48 months||–||48 months|| 48 – 60 months|
D1, D2, D3: Dose 1, dose 2, dose 3
B1, B2: Booster 1, booster 2
* Vaccinations typically administered in hospitals
** Clinicians may wish to conduct the CDS together with vaccinations at 3 months old for children starting on 5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) schedule, and at 4 months for children starting on the 6-in-1 schedule. The 5-in-1 vaccine includes DTaP/IPV/Hib. The 6-in-1 vaccine comprises DTaP/IPV/Hib and Hep B.
† For infants born to HbsAG +ve mothers, they will receive their second dose of monovalent Hep B vaccine at 1 month, followed by the 5-in-1 vaccine at 3 months of age.
Learn more about various vaccines on our Articles page.
Read the original Straits Times article on the Subsidised Vaccines here: https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-subsidised-vaccines-for-children-and-adults-at-all-chas-gp-and-polyclinics