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Tracking vaccinations in Massachusetts

Use this tool to see who is getting vaccinated

Vince Dixon, Globe Staff
January 14, 2021 | Updated June 10, 2021
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Months since Massachusetts residents began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in late 2020, nearly 68 percent of the 5.7 million people 16 and older who were initially eligible to receive the vaccine, have been fully inoculated. Nearly 4.7 million have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. If most of those people return for their second doses, the state can reach its goal of fully vaccinating 4.1 million people by the start of summer.

Most vaccine recipients have been returning for their second shot, state officials said in April—this is despite a number of significant barriers that initially hindered a smooth vaccination rollout. In January, Massachusetts had one of the slowest distribution rates in the country. Many people trying to get a shot encountered technology problems, or had difficulty finding appointments. Meanwhile more than 17,500 people in Massachusetts have died from the virus.

Now, the state has one of the largest percentages of vaccinated residents in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But some groups are not being vaccinated as quickly as others. Early polls showed that Republicans, churchgoers, and Black and Latino residents were somewhat reluctant to take part in the vaccination program. Some of those groups, particularly Latino residents, are being vaccinated at slower rates than the overall rate for the state, despite being disproportionately hit by the pandemic.

People 65 and older are one of the most vaccinated groups in Massachusetts: So far, 83 percent of them are fully vaccinated. Children are the least vaccinated in the state given the vaccines were initially restricted to people 16 and older. On May 13, 2021 the state allowed children ages 12 through 15 to get the Pfizer shot. Today every resident 12 and older is allowed to get vaccinated as part of Phase 3, the final stage of the rollout.

Continue scrolling for guided highlights showing what portion of the state and its sub-communities are being vaccinated compared to others. Skip ahead to explore the data on your own. Or navigate to a separate page to see charts of vaccine data released by the state each.

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out of in the state have been fully vaccinated.
= 10,000 people
Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; last updated: 6/10/21. Values in visual rounded to nearest 10,000th
Massachusetts distributed its first vaccine doses in mid-December. Nearly 4.7 million people in Massachusetts (about 82 percent of the state’s 5.7 million residents who are 16 and older and initially the only age group  eligible to be vaccinated) have gotten at least one dose of either of the three vaccines, according to the CDC. So far only 3.9 million are fully vaccinated.
People 65 and older are among the most vulnerable to the virus, with more than 80 percent of COVID-19-related deaths in the US, according to the CDC. State data shows that 401,600 residents 75 or older and 572,700 residents between 65 and 74 have already been vaccinated so far in Massachusetts.
The first phase of the state’s rollout prioritized health care workers and first responders. Even though an estimated 14 percent of health care workers in hospitals and nursing homes in Massachusetts are Black, according to research center Boston Indicators, Black residents accounted for less than 5 percent of vaccinations during the first phase. This rate has increased only slightly in Phase 2 and Phase 3, in which each week Black residents consistently account for 5 percent of full vaccinations, despite being 7 percent of the state population.
Inoculation has been the slowest among Latino residents. Only 36 percent of Latino people in Massachusetts have been vaccinated. The group also makes up 8 percent of total vaccinations, despite representing 12 percent of the state population.
The state’s vaccination report shows there are more women getting vaccinated than men. Men account for 45 percent of fully vaccinated residents even though they make up 48 percent of the state’s population.
Women account for 54 percent of vaccinations, even though women represent 51 percent of the state population.

Use the tool below to see what portion of different demographic groups in the state have been vaccinated. This tool will be updated as more data becomes available.

See who has been vaccinated:
vaccinated out of from this group.
= 10,000 people
Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; last updated: 6/10/21. Values in visual rounded to nearest 10,000th

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