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Posted: May 25, 2021

The Indian Health Service Bemidji Area organized a community vaccine event in Troy, Michigan, where more than 1,500 people received their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of May 24, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 1,723,565 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,349,870 have been administered, representing 78.3 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed increased by about 1.5 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 439,960 doses account for 25.5 percent of the total. Of that amount, almost 79.1 percent have been administered in the region.

With 248,435 doses distributed, the Navajo Area comes in second, accounting for 14.4 percent of the total across the IHS. Of those, nearly 86.9 percent have been administered in the region.

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 24, 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 122,475 120,755
Bemidji 149,415 117,458
Billings 58,425 41,237
California 218,695 141,931
Great Plains 125,250 80,770
Nashville 86,145 66,649
Navajo 248,435 215,764
Oklahoma City 439,960 347,887
Phoenix 167,650 138,584
Portland 95,045 70,792
Tucson^ 12,070 8,043
Grand Total 1,723,565 1,349,870

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and anticipated to be delivered by May 21, 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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