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Mass. reports 1,281 new COVID-19 cases, 41 deaths, 48,234 vaccinations Sunday

Melissa Walker, RN, right, administers the J&J vaccine to Joe Comperchio at the Mass General Brigham Assembly Row COVID-19 Vaccine Center last week.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 48,234 to 2,117,862, state officials reported Sunday.

The number of new vaccinations was smaller than on Saturday, when 63,828 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 87.2 percent of the 2,429,720 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 1,414,186 first shots and 691,535 second shots. Those who have gotten their second shot of the currently approved two-dose vaccines are considered fully vaccinated.

The state reported 12,141 administered shots of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine Sunday.


The department, in a separate report, reported 1,281 new confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 559,083. The department also reported 41 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 16,085.

The DPH said 27,320 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 665 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 96,578 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 16.8 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 2,219 people, bringing that total to 580,372.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 1.66 percent.

The department said the rate would be 2.9 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.

Public officials are concerned about a possible resurgence of the coronavirus due to new 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.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.