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Posted: August 19, 2021


The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of August 16, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 1,824,795 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,530,633 have been administered, representing almost 83.9 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed by the IHS increased by 1.2 percent from the week prior, according to a comparison of data from August 9. Meanwhile, the number of vaccines administered increased by 1.5 percent.

The Oklahoma City Area continues to account for the most vaccines received (460,480) and administered (385,585). The Navajo Area comes in second (261,405 distributed, 251,531 administered) while the California Area comes in third (225,475 distributed, 159,190 administered).

In all three areas, the number of doses administered, as well as the number of doses distributed, increased from the week prior.

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 August 16, 2021, the IHS is distributing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines are currently on backorder, but redistribution from other sites will be coordinated if sites request this vaccine. The table below shows the total number of vaccine doses distributed and administered per IHS Area to date for those facilities that chose to receive vaccine through the IHS jurisdiction. The data includes COVID-19 vaccinations administered to all ages authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The IHS administration rate is 84 percent. Some Areas, for example, Albuquerque Area, has a greater than 100 percent administration rate, which may be due to vaccine overfill in the vials for both Pfizer and Moderna products.The IHS jurisdiction is administering all available full doses in accordance with FDA guidance.

Area Total Doses Distributed* Total Doses Administered**
Albuquerque 133,065 136,679
Bemidji 155,715 126,438
Billings 65,905 49,114
California 225,475 159,190
Great Plains 131,150 98,660
Nashville 95,795 75,059
Navajo 261,405 251,531
Oklahoma City 460,480 385,585
Phoenix 185,120 160,480
Portland 98,165 77,853
Tucson 12,520 10,044
Grand Total 1,824,795 1,530,633

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and anticipated to be delivered by August 13, 2021 to facilities that chose the IHS jurisdiction for vaccine distribution.

**Administered Data Source: Data is reported from the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) and IHS Central Aggregator Service (CAS). Data may be different than data on the CDC COVID-19 vaccine tracker due to lags and ongoing quality review of data, including resolving data errors.

Note:The administration and distribution data only reflects data for facilities that chose the IHS jurisdiction for vaccine distribution. Alaska Area data is not reported as all tribes chose to receive COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Alaska. The Tucson Area data only includes the one tribe that chose the IHS jurisdiction for vaccine distribution.

Source: Indian Health Service (
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