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Mass. reports 29,959 new COVID-19 vaccinations, 26 deaths, 1,150 cases

People over the age of 65 waited to be vaccinated by the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center at the Central Boston Elder Services Inc. in Roxbury. For a story about the role of community health centers in the vaccination program, Suzanne Kreiter/Globe StaffSuzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 29,959 to 1,443,848, state officials reported Monday.

The number of new vaccinations was smaller than on Sunday, when 40,983 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 85.5 percent of the 1,688,360 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 1,044,210 first shots and 399,638 second shots. Those who have gotten their second shot of the currently approved two-dose vaccines are considered fully vaccinated.

Massachusetts is in the midst of a high-stakes campaign to vaccinate 4.1 million adults in an effort to bring an end to a pandemic that has sickened hundreds of thousands and caused more than 15,000 deaths in the state.


The DPH, in a separate report, announced 1,150 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 540,794. The department also reported 26 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 15,534.

The department said 35,660 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 888 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 49,929 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to nearly 15.6 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 2,131 people, bringing that total to 541,220.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 1.9 percent.

The department said the rate would be 3.1 percent if the effect of college testing programs — in which asymptomatic people can be tested repeatedly in an effort to rapidly identify new cases — is factored out.

The state’s second surge appears to be on the wane. But public officials are concerned about a possible resurgence due to new coronavirus variants, and they’re asking people to continue taking precautions and to get vaccinated when it’s their turn.


To take a deeper dive into the state’s coronavirus statistics click here.

Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@globe.com.