Governor Charlie Baker on Saturday toured a vaccination site at Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Dorchester, where he highlighted the state’s efforts to get more shots in arms as the state reported more than 8 million shots administered so far.
About 79 percent of adults in Massachusetts have received at least one dose, he said.
On Saturday, the state reported four new confirmed deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 17,544. It also reported 216 new confirmed cases, bringing the state’s total to 662,028. The state Department of Public Health also said 4,486 people were estimated to have active cases, and 181 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.
Data reported by the state has shown a decline in daily averages of new deaths and cases that are among the lowest since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago.
The state reported 96,380 new vaccinations Saturday. And 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 more than 3.8 million.
The number of new vaccinations was greater than on Friday, when 38,475 were reported.
In Dorchester Saturday, Baker said about 120 doses a day was being distributed at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge site, one of about 900 around the state offering vaccines. The site is operated by Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center and the National Guard.
The governor greeted patients and staff, spending several minutes taking photos with those on hand.
“Thanks for coming out and getting vaccinated. Love it!” Baker told one man, flashing a double thumbs-up.
The governor said he expected the state to reach his goal of vaccinating 4 million people by month’s end.
“That is, in fact, the way we really put COVID to bed once and for all,” Baker said of making shots available.