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Mass. reports 5 new COVID-19 deaths, 41 cases, 23,667 vaccinations Sunday

Kyera Sterling handed out COVID-19 vaccination literature at the Mattapan Square Main Streets tent during their first annual Health and Wellness Day last week.
Kyera Sterling handed out COVID-19 vaccination literature at the Mattapan Square Main Streets tent during their first annual Health and Wellness Day last week.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 23,667 to 8,449,443, state officials reported Sunday.

The number of new vaccinations was more than on Saturday, when 17,819 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 89.1 percent of the 9,485,590 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 4,360,969 first shots and 3,818,482 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 269,992 people who have received Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine.

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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 4,088,474.

Experts and public officials say the protection offered by the vaccines is making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.

The department also reported 41 new confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 663,251. The department also reported five new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 17,607.

The state said 1,898 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 108 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

It also reported that 17,587 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 23.5 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 1,846 people, bringing that total to nearly 1.4 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 .34 percent.

It said the rate would be .45 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.

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


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