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Posted: September 28, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of September 27, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 2,073,025 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,630,344 have been administered, representing 78.7 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed by the IHS increased 1.4 percent, according to a comparison of data from September 20. Meanwhile, the number of vaccines administered grew by nearly 0.9 percent.

The Oklahoma City Area continues to account for the most vaccines received (534,440) and administered (417,135). The Navajo Area comes in second (294,505 distributed, 263,249 administered) while the California Area comes in third (250,395 distributed, 168,803 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 27, 2021, the IHS is distributing all three COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized 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 and specialty groups 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 138,405 140,243
Bemidji 175,175 131,347
Billings 80,095 54,305
California 250,395 168,803
Great Plains 155,220 108,352
Nashville 108,545 79,780
Navajo 294,505 263,249
Oklahoma City 534,440 417,135
Phoenix 212,630 174,040
Portland 109,825 82,354
Tucson 13,790 10,736
Grand Total 2,073,025 1,630,344

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and delivered by September 24, 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.

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