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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Outreach jab service in place

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the Government is enhancing its COVID-19 vaccination service by reaching out to companies to offer on-site vaccination for their employees.   “From today onwards, we are even reaching out to major companies which have a suitable venue for them to assemble their staff, say up to 150 or 200.   “We will send a medical team to provide vaccination to the staff on-site.”   She added that Hong Kong has an ample supply of COVID-19 vaccines, along with a robust network of vaccination centres to serve citizens.   Mrs Lam also noted that recent editorials mentioned that vaccination is a key way of helping society combat COVID-19.   “I am very pleased to read at least two editorials this morning, one in Chinese saying that since we are approaching zero infections, let us do more on vaccination. I think that is an appeal to the people. And then in an English newspaper, it said in light of the Taiwan experience, vaccination is the only way out.”
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