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COVID-19 Vaccination for NCCS Patients

If you are a NCCS patient, you have two options to get the COVID-19 vaccination:

a) Register for vaccination at National Vaccination Centres as part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme

OR

b) Seek your doctor’s advice at your next outpatient clinic consultation at NCCS and be registered for vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer, if you are eligible and have no medical contraindications.

Note: The COVID-19 vaccination is currently not extended to inpatients at SingHealth acute hospitals.

Vaccination guidelines for people with cancer

All the categories below apply specifically to mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines (i.e. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines), based on data currently available. These recommendations may change as more data becomes available globally and/or in Singapore.

Allow Vaccination

​Active cancer not on treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or immunotherapy CAN be vaccinated.

Active cancer not on treatment is defined as:

a) Not on any treatment in the past 3 months AND

b) No planned treatment in the next 2 months.

​Persons on cancer hormonal therapy CAN be vaccinated.
​Persons with a history of cancer, who are in remission, CAN be vaccinated.
Defer Vaccincation ​Persons on cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy or immunotherapy SHOULD NOT receive the mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines.


According to the updated Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines, people who have active cancer can receive COVID-19 vaccination as long as they have not received chemotherapy, radiotherapy or immunotherapy in the last three months, and do not plan to undergo these treatments in the next two months. People in remission can be vaccinated, as can those on active cancer hormonal therapy.

Outpatients who are on follow up at NCCS’ specialist outpatient clinics will be offered vaccination if they are medically eligible. Our doctors will assess patients for their suitability to have the vaccination. Selection is based on individual patient’s clinical condition.

Patients who wish to get vaccinated can consult the doctor at their next outpatient clinic consultation at NCCS. If the patient is assessed to be suitable, they will be offered vaccination and with their consent, our clinic will help to book the appointments for the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer located on SGH Campus.

Alternatively, patients may opt to take the vaccination at the National Vaccination Centre when they receive the notification to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is NCCS offering patients COVID-19 vaccination?

    Public healthcare institutions are supporting the national efforts for COVID-19 vaccination. Outpatients who are on follow up at NCCS’ specialist outpatient clinics will be offered vaccination if they are medically eligible.

    Our doctors will assess patients for their suitability to be vaccinated based on each patient’s clinical condition. If the patient consents, NCCS will book the appointments for the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccination at the SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer.

  2. Can I get my vaccination on the same day as my clinic appointment?

    Vaccination appointments must be booked in advance to ensure that the vaccine is available for you. As slots are pre-booked, you may not be able to obtain an appointment on the same day.

  3. Should I be vaccinated at a National Vaccination Centre or ask my doctor to schedule me for vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer?

    Patients with stable conditions can and should be vaccinated at the National Vaccination Centres. Screening will be conducted at the Centre to assess if you are eligible for vaccination.         

    Vaccination slots at SGH Campus are available for patients with complex medical conditions. Speak to your doctor at your next clinic consultation at NCCS if you need advice on which option is better for you.

  4. Can I get a doctor’s memo to certify me fit for COVID-19 vaccination at the National Vaccination Centre?

    Patients with cancer are not required to have a doctor’s memo to certify them fit for COVID-19 vaccination. Screening will be done by the team on-site at the National Vaccination Centres, to assess whether they are suitable for vaccination.

    NCCS patients who are concerned about their medical condition can consult their doctor about suitability for vaccination at their next NCCS clinic consultation. The doctor will advise and can help to book the appointments for vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer, if the patient is assessed to be medically eligible.

    Thus, NCCS patients have the option of being vaccinated at a National Vaccination Centre or can consider being vaccinated at the SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer after consultation with their doctor.

  5. Can dose 1 and dose 2 of the vaccination be done at different places e.g. #1 at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer and #2 at a National Vaccination Centre?

    As different vaccination centres may use different brands of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should return to the same vaccination centre for both doses of the vaccine. Hence, if you opt for COVID-19 vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer, please return there for your pre-booked appointment for your second dose.

    At the point of enrolment, we will help you make the appointments for both Dose 1 and Dose 2.

  6. What should I do if I have my first dose of the vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer and I then receive an official letter to go to the National Vaccination Centre for vaccination?

    If you have your COVID-19 vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @Bowyer and subsequently receive a letter/SMS inviting you for vaccination at a National Vaccination Centre, you do not need to respond to the letter/SMS. All COVID-19 vaccination records will be captured in the National Immunisation Registry, regardless of whether you received your vaccination at the SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer or a National Vaccination Centre.

  7. Can members of the public choose NCCS for their vaccination?

    NCCS is only offering COVID-19 vaccination to medically eligible patients who are currently receiving treatment at NCCS. These patients will be scheduled for vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer. It is not open to other members of the public. All Singaporeans and long-term residents will be offered COVID-19 vaccination based on the rollout timing of the national public vaccination programme.

  8. Will I get a vaccination certificate?

    A printed card will be given to you after your first and second vaccinations. In addition, your vaccination records are online on Health Hub, which you can access via Singpass.

    Healthcare professionals (e.g. doctors at the hospitals, polyclinics and GPs) taking care of you can access your vaccination records through the National Electronic Health Records (NEHR) system.

  9. What happens if I get an allergic reaction? Do I come back to NCCS or visit my GP?

    The vaccine has been assessed to be safe for use. However, you may experience common side effects, similar to other vaccines. Most side effects are mild or moderate, and usually get better within a few days. The table below lists some common side effects that have been reported with this vaccine, and how to manage them.

    Side Effects ​How to Manage
    • ​Pain, redness, swelling at the injection site
    • Fever, chills
    • Headache, muscle pain, joint pain
    ​Paracetamol 1 to 2 tablets every 6 hours as needed
    • ​Tiredness
    ​Rest
    • Lymph node swelling at neck or arms​
    Usually gets better by itself in a week or so​


    See a doctor at the polyclinic or GP clinic if:
    - The side effects persist or get worse
    - The fever persists for more than 48 hours (2 days)

    In very rare cases, this vaccine can cause a severe allergic reaction. Signs of a severe allergic reaction include: difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, throat, eyes or lips, a fast heartbeat, dizziness and weakness, a bad rash all over your body. If you experience a severe allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately. Call 995 or go to the nearest A&E immediately.

  10. Can the family members who are with me get the injection at the same time?

    No, NCCS is only offering COVID-19 vaccination to medically eligible patients who are currently receiving treatment at NCCS. It is not open to other members of the public. All Singaporeans and long-term residents will be offered COVID-19 vaccination based on the rollout timing of the national public vaccination programme.

  11. What if I say “no” now and change my mind later. Can I choose to have my vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer?

    If you change your mind, you would need to make an appointment to see your doctor at NCCS so that he/she can schedule you for the vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer.

  12. Although I am a patient of NCCS located at the SGH Campus, however, I stay near to another of your SingHealth institution. Can you arrange for me to have my vaccination at that institution?

    No. As your medical condition is managed at NCCS located at the SGH Campus , you would need to make an appointment to see your doctor at NCCS so that he/she can schedule you for the vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic @ Bowyer.

    However, if you are a patient at NCCS Oncology @ SKH or NCCS Oncology Clinic @ CGH, you will be scheduled for vaccination at that location.

    Alternatively, you may opt to take the vaccination at a National Vaccination Centre.

  13. I have my appointment date for vaccination. How do I reschedule or cancel my appointment if I am not well or change my mind about vaccination?

    You can reschedule your appointment by calling our Appointment Centre at +65 6436 8088.

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