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Posted: August 25, 2021


The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of August 23, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 1,854,245 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,546,735 have been administered, representing 83.4 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed by the IHS increased by 1.6 percent from the week prior, according to a comparison of data from August 16. Meanwhile, the number of vaccines administered grew by about 1.0 percent.

The Oklahoma City Area continues to account for the most vaccines received (473,180) and administered (388,903). The Navajo Area comes in second (264,385 distributed, 253,743 administered) while the California Area comes in third (227,555 distributed, 160,066 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 23, 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 83 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 133,205 137,216
Bemidji 158,105 127,154
Billings 66,045 50,028
California 227,555 160,066
Great Plains 134,690 100,465
Nashville 96,075 75,871
Navajo 264,385 253,743
Oklahoma City 473,180 388,903
Phoenix 189,900 164,546
Portland 98,585 78,537
Tucson 12,520 10,206
Grand Total 1,854,245 1,546,735

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and anticipated to be delivered by August 20, 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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