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121 confirmed cases, 8 deaths, and 28,744 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass.

Celia Germain was inoculated by nurse Samaiyah Wilkins with the Pfizer vaccine at the UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Vaccination Center in the Mercantile Center in Worcester in April.
Celia Germain was inoculated by nurse Samaiyah Wilkins with the Pfizer vaccine at the UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Vaccination Center in the Mercantile Center in Worcester in April.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

Massachusetts reported 121 new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, while the seven-day average dropped to 130 from 152 the day before.

The new cases brought the pandemic total to 662,665. The state also reported eight new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 17,574.

Another 28,744 coronavirus shots were also administered, the Department of Public Health said.

The state is a national leader in getting people vaccinated. Experts and public officials say the protection from vaccines is kicking in, and the pandemic appears to be subsiding after more than a year of wracking the state. Key coronavirus metrics have plummeted from the peak of the second surge early this year.

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The DPH said 2,967 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 150 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 36,074 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 23.3 million.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 0.47 percent.

The department said the rate would be 0.65 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 number of new vaccinations was smaller than on Thursday, when 31,202 were reported. The new vaccinations brought the total to 8,235,431.

The total number of shots administered amounted to around 87.5 percent of the 9,415,190 doses shipped to providers in the state so far.

The total shots administered included 4,300,608 first shots and 3,672,418 second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer two-shot vaccines. It also included 262,405 shots of the Johnson & Johnson 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 3,934,823.

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Peter Bailey-Wells of the Globe staff contributed to this report.


Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@globe.com.