HbS homozygosity indicates Sickle Cell disease. Streptococcus pneumoniae is associated with sepsis in patients with Sickle Cell (due to autosplenectomy causing increased risk of infections with encapsulated organisms) [FA2020 p136 and 422]
Streptococcus pneumoniae is susceptible to penicillin and prophylactic penicillin can decrease risk of infection.
Sickle cell patients would also be at increased risk of infection with E.coli, H. influenzae and neisseria (as they are encapsulated, p127) but they run less of a risk than Strep pneumo than causing sepsis in sickle cell patients. Salmonella is the most common cause of osteomyelitis in sickle cell patients but again is not what we would primarily be concerned with in this baby.