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The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 32,428 to 1,476,276, state officials reported Tuesday.

The number of new vaccinations was slightly higher than on Monday, when 29,959 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 85.4 percent of the 1,729,550 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 1,061,335 first shots and 414,941 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.

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The department, in a separate report, announced 1,114 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 541,908. The department also reported 30 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 15,564.

The DPH said 33,951 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 879 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 62,531 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 15.66 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 2,722 people, bringing that total to 543,942.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 1.89 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.

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There were 51 new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, which originated in the United Kingdom, and two new cases of the B.1.351 variant, which originated in South Africa, reported in Massachusetts on Tuesday, according to the CDC.

Correspondent Andrew Stanton contributed to this report.


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