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Posted: October 5, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of October 4, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 2,095,955 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,650,415 have been administered, representing 78.7 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed by the IHS increased 1.1 percent, according to a comparison of data from September 27. Meanwhile, the number of vaccines administered grew by 1.2 percent.

The Oklahoma City Area, where COVID-19 cases have increased considerably since the availability of the vaccine, continues to account for the most vaccines received (536,550) and administered (422,142). The Navajo Area comes in second (296,055 distributed, 267,091 administered) while the California Area comes in third (251,835 distributed, 170,276 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, with the Phoenix also accounting for a large number (216,800 distributed, 176,315 administered).

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 October 4, 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 80 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 140,885 140,935
Bemidji 177,665 133,340
Billings 80,715 55,212
California 251,835 170,276
Great Plains 156,660 110,200
Nashville 112,905 80,566
Navajo 296,055 267,091
Oklahoma City 536,550 422,142
Phoenix 216,800 176,315
Portland 112,095 83,543
Tucson 13,790 10,795
Grand Total 2,095,955 1,650,415

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and delivered by October 1, 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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