UPDATED: City of Framingham’s Vaccine Numbers Wrong
Editor’s Note: This report was updated at 9:44 p.m. with a statement from the City’s interim health director. The original report posted at 2:20 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham released data this week, that 24,964 individuals were fully vaccinated.
That number is correct, according to data from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
But the City of Framingham also released and published that 55,564 individuals in the City have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
That number is wrong, according to the state’s data.
The Commonwealth is reporting as of April 27, that 24,964 individuals are fully vaccinated, 40,264 individuals have had at least one dose, and 15,300 individuals are partially vaccinated.
The Commonwealth considers an individual has had at least one dose when an “individual is counted as having at least 1 dose if they have received one or more doses of vaccine. This is measured as the total number of 1st doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccine administered and reported, plus the total number of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson doses administered and reported.”
The Commonwealth considers an individual is “partially vaccinated if they have received only the 1st dose of a two-dose vaccine (currently Moderna and Pfizer).”
The City added those two numbers together and reported 55,564 individuals have received one dose.
The City has been adding those two numbers together for weeks, and reporting the wrong number for one dose.
“Thanks for the email, I have contacted the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health for clarification and you are correct. I take responsibility for this error. I did not realize that the count of “Individuals with at least one dose” included the “partially vaccinated individuals.” I have let my team know and we will be sure to correct this and make a note in our future data reports. I’m sorry for the mistake, it was not intentional,” said Interim Health Director Alex DePalo, to SOURCE after 9 p.m. today, May 6.
If that number was correct that would mean about 74% of the City of Framingham has had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Commonwealth is only reporting that 52% has had one dose.
According to census data, about 24% of the City is age 18 or younger.
The vaccine is only available – at this time – for individuals age 16 or older.
Using data from the Commonwealth, 53% of the City of Framingham has received at least one shot of the vaccine.
In Framingham roughly one out of every three residents or 34% are fully vaccinated.
The Commonwealth is reporting 38% of the state is fully vaccinated.