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Posted: September 9, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of September 5, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 1,990,625 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,583,376 have been administered, representing 79.5 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed by the IHS increased by 3.3 percent from the week prior, according to a comparison of data from August 30. Meanwhile, the number of vaccines administered grew by nearly 1.3 percent.

The Oklahoma City Area continues to account for the most vaccines received (517,830) and administered (401,671). The Navajo Area comes in second (281,545 distributed, 257,868 administered) while the California Area comes in third (239,035 distributed, 163,000 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 September 5, 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 or fully licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The IHS administration rate is 80 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 136,705 138,635
Bemidji 168,135 128,823
Billings 75,285 51,736
California 239,035 163,000
Great Plains 144,060 104,055
Nashville 104,025 77,719
Navajo 281,545 257,868
Oklahoma City 517,830 401,671
Phoenix 205,360 169,370
Portland 106,125 79,955
Tucson 12,520 10,544
Grand Total 1,990,625 1,583,376

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and anticipated to be delivered by September 3, 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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