Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
A group of serious infections that affects children under 5 years old. It is most prevalent under the age of 2 years in Singapore. It is transmitted via respiratory droplets and can cause meningitis, severe pneumonia, middle ear infection and blood infection.
No. of doses: 3+1
When to take:
3 doses should be given before the 1st birthday. 1 booster dose is given after 12 months old with a minimum interval of 8 weeks from the previous dose.
Catch-up vaccination is recommended for all children who are previously unimmunised in the following categories:
- Previously unvaccinated children between 7 to 12 months of age:
2 doses for the primary series and 1 booster dose (at 12 to 24 months of age) should be given. The recommended interval between 1st and 2nd dose is 8 weeks, with a minimum interval of 4 weeks. The minimum interval between the 2nd dose of the primary series and the booster dose is 8 weeks.
- Previously unvaccinated children between 12 to 23 months of age:
2 doses of PCV should be given with a minimum interval of 8 weeks between doses.
Supplemental pneumococcal vaccination with PCV13 is recommended for children who have either started or completed pneumococcal vaccination with the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7). PCV13 contains seven serotypes included in PCV7 plus six additional serotypes.