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Posted: May 19, 2021

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of May 17, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 1,705,515 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,321,977 have been administered, representing 77.5 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed increased by 0.7 percent from the week prior, according to the figures. The number of vaccines administered increased by 2.1 percent.

The data shows the Oklahoma City Area has received the largest number of vaccines. The 438,790 doses account for 25.7 percent of the total. Of that amount, 78.1 percent have been administered in the region.

With 247,265 doses distributed, the Navajo Area comes in second, accounting for almost 14.5 percent of the total across the IHS. Of those, 84.9 percent have been administered in the region.

In both instances, the number of doses distributed the Oklahoma City Area and to the Navajo Area did not increase over the last week.

According to the IHS, vaccination distribution and administration will be updated weekly across the 11 areas that are receiving doses directly from the agency.

Tribal health facilities in Alaska have chosen to receive their COVID-19 vaccine supplies from the state, so their region is not included in the data.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration by IHS Area

As of May 17, 2021, the IHS is distributing vaccine allocations of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. The table below shows the total number of vaccine doses distributed and administered per IHS Area to date. The overall administration rate for the IHS jurisdiction is 77 percent however, Area administration rates vary. For example, Albuquerque Area is reaching nearly 100 percent administration rate which may be due to vaccine overfill in the vials for both Pfizer and Moderna products. In accordance with FDA guidance, all available full doses may be administered.

Area Total Doses Distributed* Total Doses Administered**
Albuquerque 119,895 118,700
Bemidji 147,075 115,429
Billings 57,255 40,241
California 217,495 137,526
Great Plains 125,150 79,285
Nashville 84,675 65,531
Navajo 247,265 209,995
Oklahoma City 438,790 342,826
Phoenix 166,280 134,848
Portland 89,565 69,646
Tucson^ 12,070 7,950^
Grand Total 1,705,515 1,321,977

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and anticipated to be delivered by May 14, 2021.

**Administered Data Source: CDC Clearinghouse data from Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) and IHS Central Aggregator Service (CAS). Data in the CDC Clearinghouse reflects prior day data. Data may be different than actual data as there are known CDC data lags and ongoing quality review of data including resolving data errors.

^The Tucson Area vaccine administration data is currently being validated.

Note: Alaska Area – all tribes chose to receive COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Alaska.

Source: Indian Health Service (

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