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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

5.85m vaccine jabs administered

About 5,856,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 3,330,800 people receiving their first dose and around 2,526,000 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,302,500 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,028,300 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,013,400 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 1,512,600 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 68,700 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   About 13,600 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 10,900 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 24,700 people received their first dose and around 19,500 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 97%, while it is about 98% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 7,200 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 44,600 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 15 people were sent to hospitals.
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