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State reports 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 795 cases; more than 4 million Mass. residents have received COVID-19 vaccine as of Saturday

Erika Sanchez, a vaccine ambassador with Archipelago Strategies Group, helped vaccine recipients fill out forms while they wait in line at a mobile vaccine site organized by Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care near Central Square Park in Boston late last month.
Erika Sanchez, a vaccine ambassador with Archipelago Strategies Group, helped vaccine recipients fill out forms while they wait in line at a mobile vaccine site organized by Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care near Central Square Park in Boston late last month.Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe

More than 4 million people in Massachusetts have received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of Saturday, the state reported.

The latest milestone in the state’s battle against the coronavirus came nearly three weeks after the state made anyone 16 or older eligible to receive coronavirus vaccinations. According to the state, more than 3 million people had received vaccine as of April 13 in Massachusetts.

To be considered fully vaccinated, people must receive both shots of the two-dose vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna, or the single-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson, health officials have said.

The number of people fully vaccinated as of Saturday — with either two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson — rose to 2,884,727, the state reported.

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On Saturday, the number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 72,352 to 6,666,814, state officials reported.

The number of new vaccinations was fewer than on Friday, when 93,199 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 84.3 percent of the 7,907,220 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 3,782,087 first shots and 2,663,906 second shots.

The state reported a total of 220,821 people who have received Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine.

The department reported 795 new confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 652,535. The department also reported eight new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 17,324.

The state said 19,125 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 441 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

It also said 78,526 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 21.9 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 4,758 people, bringing that total to 1,232,497.

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The state reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 1.32 percent.

The department said the rate would be 2.23 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.

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


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