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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

7.88m vaccine jabs given

About 7,887,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,260,300 people receiving their first dose and around 3,627,300 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,550,000 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,710,300 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,345,000 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,282,300 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 45,200 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 5,100 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 9,800 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 10,400 people received their first dose and around 20,000 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 96% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 1,300 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 6,500 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, four people were sent to hospitals.
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