BOSTON (State House News Service) — Just less than a year after Massachusetts declared a state of emergency around the coronavirus, more than 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been put into people's arms here.
The Department of Public Health reported Friday that 2,005,800 vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts -- including 1,355,389 people who have gotten the first of two doses of the Moderna of Pfizer vaccines, 646,005 people who have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer shots, and 4,406 people who have gotten the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. That means there are 650,411 people in Massachusetts who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, an increase of 35,822 people from Thursday's report.
Massachusetts has administered about 83 percent of the 2,420,360 doses the federal government has delivered to the Bay State.
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DPH also confirmed 1,677 new cases of COVID-19 from 106,263 tests and announced the recent COVID-19 deaths of 25 people. The state's total case count now stands at 556,307 people infected and the virus' death toll here is 16,322 people when counting the 330 people who have died with likely but not test-confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The state's seven-day average positive test rate inched up slightly in Friday's report to 1.82 percent. The average has been at 2 percent or below for the last two weeks. There were 716 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday, DPH said, which represented a drop of 25 patients from the prior day.
Teachers who have not already secured a vaccination appointment through the federal pharmacy program become eligible Thursday to vie with about 1 million other eligible residents for a relative handful of appointments at state vaccination sites.
Written by Colin A. Young/SHNS
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