The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 44,340 to 1,813,992, state officials reported Tuesday.
The number of new vaccinations was greater than on Monday, when 33,175 were reported.
The total number of shots administered amounted to 88.0 percent of the 2,061,330 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.
The total shots administered included 1,248,571 first shots and 565,421 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 effort is expected to get a boost this week by the arrival of doses of a newly approved one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
The department, in a separate report, announced 980 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 551,667. The department also reported 37 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 15,859.
The DPH said 28,867 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 775 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.
The DPH also reported that 56,007 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 16.3 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 2,991 people, bringing that total to 564,788.
The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 1.82 percent.
The department said the rate would be 3.0 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 comeback of the virus due to new fast-spreading variants, and they’re asking people to continue taking precautions and to get vaccinated when it’s their turn.
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