Over 40 communities move out of COVID-19 red zone while Mass. nears 1 million vaccine doses

This week state officials reported 110 cities and towns in the red-zone compared to the 153 communities listed last Thursday. 

The scene in Lowell, Mass. on Feb. 8, 2021, at the COVID-19 vaccine site at the Cross River Center. The location is run by Lowell General Hospital. Jim Davis / The Boston Globe

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Massachusetts has now reported a continued dip in the number of communities at the highest risk of coronavirus transmission for four weeks in a row. 

Simultaneously, the Department of Public Health released its weekly vaccine dashboard Thursday, revealing nearly one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Bay State so far, as the pace of vaccinations has risen past 200,000-doses this week. 

The state reported that 229,906 of those total 950,515 vaccine doses were distributed in the last week. In comparison, just over 149,000 doses had been administered the week before.

Mass. has now received 1,413,025 doses of the vaccine, which is up from the 896,300 doses tallied in last week’s report. 


A portion of the increase may come from the state’s inclusion of 342,500 doses that were shipped to Mass. through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program and retail pharmacies, according to the state’s data. 

See this Thursday’s full weekly report on vaccinations here.

Thursday’s town-by-town coronavirus risk data categorizes communities’ COVID-19 risk level on a scale from red, the highest, to gray, the lowest — this week state officials reported 110 cities and towns in the red-zone compared to the 153 listed last Thursday.

Dropping by 43 communities, the new count marks the fourth consecutive week the metrics have fallen, which could indicate that the Commonwealth’s second surge is gradually subsiding. 

See this Thursday’s full town-by-town coronavirus data here


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