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Data Shows Improvement In Mass. Vaccination Effort

Massachusetts State Police worker Lisa Watson receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Gillette Stadium COVID-19 Vaccination Center in January 2021. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Massachusetts State Police worker Lisa Watson receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Gillette Stadium COVID-19 Vaccination Center in January 2021. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In six days, the percentage of COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped to Massachusetts that have been administered has risen from just under 58% to almost 71%, an indication of progress in the widespread efforts to get shots in arms.

The Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 910,412 doses have been administered, out of the 1,283,700 shipped to Massachusetts so far. It's a sign progress may be coming after an inoculation rollout that has so far been rocky and has sparked confusion among those 75 and older seeking appointments, leaving Massachusetts far behind many other states.

DPH reported that 696,051 Massachusetts residents have received the first dose of the vaccine. Another 214,361 people have received both the first and second doses and are thus fully vaccinated.

According to the daily vaccine report, more than 104,000 new doses were shipped to Massachusetts in the six days since the DPH issued its Feb. 3 report, which came on the same day that Gov. Charlie Baker said he was aware of the vaccine rollout problems, wasn't happy about them, and was committed to improvements. Two days later, on Feb. 5, the state went live with a vaccine call center.

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