Holiday weekend brought vaccination milestone for Massachusetts

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FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2021, file photo, a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 is prepared at a vaccination center of the 3rd district, in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

BOSTON (State House News Service) – About 100,000 people became fully vaccinated between Friday and Sunday, pushing Massachusetts over the 2 million vaccinated mark — roughly halfway to the state’s goal for protecting its population from the coronavirus that’s fueled the ongoing global pandemic for more than a year.

As access to the vaccine was opened to everyone 16 or older Monday, the Department of Public Health reported that there are now 2,059,487 people who have completed their vaccination regimen in Massachusetts. The state also administered its 5 millionth vaccine dose over the weekend, boosting the total number of shots given here to 5,130,458 since December.

During the three-day Patriots’ Day weekend, DPH also confirmed 4,195 new cases of COVID-19 and announced 36 deaths caused by confirmed or likely cases of the virus. The coronavirus has now infected 632,707 people in Massachusetts, 17,481 of whom have died. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 and the state’s seven-day positivity rate continued their yo-yoing trends over the weekend. Hospitalizations were up by six patients to 705 as of Monday’s report and the positive test rate declined about 10 percent over the weekend to 2.04 percent.

As Massachusetts passed the milestone of 2 million full vaccinations this weekend, the Baker administration pointed out that the Bay State is now first for first doses administered per capita and for total doses administered per capita among states with at least 5 million residents. At least 85 percent of the state’s residents 75 or older have had at least a first dose, better than the national average of 80 percent, and every county has vaccinated at least three-quarters of its 75-plus population.

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