8.1 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered in State | Massachusetts News


BOSTON (AP) — More than 8.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Massachusetts as of Monday.

That includes more than 4.2 million first doses and nearly 3.6 million second doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

There have been nearly 258,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

More than 3.8 million people have been fully immunized, according to state health officials.

Gov. Charlie Baker has set a goal of at least 4.1 million people in the state fully vaccinated.

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He said the state has adopted a more targeted approach, particularly in communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 fell below 100 Monday while the number of newly confirmed coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts rose by four.

The new numbers pushed the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 17,552 since the start of the pandemic, while its confirmed caseload rose to about 662,200.

The true number of cases is likely higher because studies suggest some people can be infected and not feel sick.

There were about 180 people reported hospitalized Monday because of confirmed cases of COVID-19, with about 65 in intensive care units.

The average age of those hospitalized was 58. There were an estimated 4,200 people with current active cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The Cape Cod Foundation is holding a virtual forum next week to address the lingering mental health needs of area residents even as the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs.

“Mental and Behavioral Health Across Cape Cod” is scheduled for June 17, the Cape Cod Times reported Monday.

“For many, social isolation, feelings of uncertainty, emotional and physical loss, and the inability to access care have increased over the past year due to the pandemic,” Kristin O’Malley, president and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation, said in a release.

“In addition, unemployment, loss of housing, and food insecurity have added to the psychological burden of residents across every age and demographic, especially our most vulnerable populations.”

Signups are at the foundation’s website.

Attleboro’s VFW Post 115 is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday afternoon.

The two-dose Moderna vaccine will be provided by trained clinicians to patients 18 years old or older, at no cost.

No preregistration is required for the walkin clinic, which will feature free food from area restaurants and a DJ.

The clinic is sponsored by the city in conjunction with the Healthy Lifestyle Alliance and the Massachusetts Health Council.

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