Coronavirus Vaccine – Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout is slower this week: 56,515 more shots given
Health officials reported that more than 56,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were given during the most recent day of vax data on Tuesday, another daily report with significantly fewer shots as the state’s vax rollout pace starts to slow.
The daily report of 56,515 vax doses on Tuesday compares to 87,133 doses on the same day last week. Also, Sunday’s and Monday’s reports this week were significantly down from last week.
Tuesday’s vax report comes as the state also reported 718 new virus cases and five deaths from the virus. Monday’s count of 481 new cases was the lowest single-day count since October.
Overall, more than 2.6 million people in Massachusetts have now been fully vaccinated.
The state Department of Public Health’s daily vaccination report showed more than 6.3 million total doses have been administered — 3,652,173 people who have received at least one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, 2,449,315 people who have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna, and 211,763 people who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
More than 7.3 million doses have been shipped to the state, and nearly 86% of doses shipped here have been administered.
Tuesday’s 718 new virus cases come amid a recent decline in infections. There had been a spike as more contagious variants circulated the state, but vaccines are helping keep cases lower.
The state’s count of estimated active cases is now 22,248, down from 36,775 a few weeks ago.
Tuesday’s five new virus deaths bring the state’s total recorded death toll to 17,644. The seven-day average of daily deaths is now seven, down from 77 daily deaths in late January. Daily deaths are now at the lowest point of the pandemic amid the vax rollout.
Statewide hospitalizations have dropped during the vax rollout. Hospitalizations on Tuesday went down by six patients, bringing the total to 516 patients.