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Posted: September 16, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of September 12, 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, 1,599,974 have been administered, representing 80.4 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed by the IHS did not increase at all from the week prior, which began with the Labor Day holiday, according to a comparison of data from September 5. Meanwhile, the number of vaccines administered grew by 1.0 percent.

The Oklahoma City Area continues to account for the most vaccines received (517,830) and administered (406,775). The Navajo Area comes in second (281,545 distributed, 259,434 administered) while the California Area comes in third (239,035 distributed, 166,326 administered).

In all three areas, the number of doses administered increased from the week prior. The number of vaccines distributed did not increase at all, following the Labor Day holiday 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 September 12, 2021, the IHS is distributing all three COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized and/or approved in the U.S, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. As of September 10, 2021, the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for ordering through Area Vaccine Points of Contact. Redistribution from other sites can still be arranged 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 79 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 136,705 139,093
Bemidji 168,135 129,474
Billings 75,285 52,796
California 239,035 166,326
Great Plains 144,060 105,282
Nashville 104,025 78,450
Navajo 281,545 259,434
Oklahoma City 517,830 406,775
Phoenix 205,360 170,973
Portland 106,125 80,771
Tucson 12,520 10,600
Grand Total 1,990,625 1,599,974

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and anticipated to be delivered by September 10, 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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