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Posted: September 21, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of September 20, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 2,044,515 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,616,018 have been administered, representing 79.0 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed by the IHS increased 2.7 percent, according to a comparison of data from September 12. Meanwhile, the number of vaccines administered grew by 1.0 percent.

Also, the September 20 data marked a milestone of more than 2 million vaccine doses distributed by the IHS.

The Oklahoma City Area continues to account for the most vaccines received (528,530) and administered (412,989). The Navajo Area comes in second (286,555 distributed, 260,689 administered) while the California Area comes in third (245,485 distributed, 167,724 administered).

In all three areas, the number of doses administered, as well as the number of doses distributed, increased from the week prior. The three regions account for the largest number of IHS users.

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 20, 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. The table below shows the total number of vaccine doses distributed and administered to date, per IHS Area, for 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. The 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 137,405 139,686
Bemidji 173,365 130,481
Billings 78,425 53,625
California 245,485 167,724
Great Plains 152,180 106,883
Nashville 108,265 79,232
Navajo 286,555 260,689
Oklahoma City 528,530 412,989
Phoenix 210,990 172,613
Portland 109,525 81,449
Tucson 13,790 10,647
Grand Total 2,044,515 1,616,018

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and delivered by September 17, 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 COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration by IHS Area data is only reflective of 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 one tribe that chose the IHS jurisdiction for vaccine distribution.

Source: Indian Health Service (

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