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Mass. reports 5 new COVID-19 deaths, 405 cases, 48,756 vaccinations Saturday

City of Chelsea Public Health Nurse Paula McHatton filled a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while preparing to vaccinate essential workers at the Chelsea Senior Center last month.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 48,756 to 7,482,859, state officials reported Saturday.

The number of new vaccinations was fewer than on Friday, when 89,739 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 84.7 percent of the 8,836,700 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 4,063,732 first shots and 3,179,177 second shots. Those who have gotten their second shot of the currently approved two-dose vaccines are considered fully vaccinated.

The state reported a total of 239,950 people who have received Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine.


The number of people fully vaccinated — with either two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson — rose to 3,419,127.

The department also reported 405 new confirmed cases Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 659,246. It reported five new confirmed deaths, bringing the state’s total to 17,458.

The state said 10,366 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 281 confirmed patients were in the hospital.

It also reported that 49,584 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 22.6 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 4,479 people, bringing that total to more than 1.3 million.

The state reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at .99 percent.

It said the rate would be 1.51 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.