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Posted: October 29, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of October 25, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 2,180,895 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,708,157 have been administered, representing 78.3 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed by the IHS increased by 1.1 percent, according to a comparison of data from October 18. Meanwhile, the number of vaccines administered grew by nearly 1.2 percent when compared to the week prior.

The Oklahoma City Area, where COVID-19 cases increased considerably following the availability of the vaccine, continues to account for the most vaccines received (550,630) and administered (435,182). The Navajo Area, where the pandemic has exacted a disproportionate toll since the spring of 2020, comes in second (316,195 distributed, 279,398 administered) while the California Area comes in third (258,155 distributed, 175,188 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 Area also accounting for a large number (227,290 distributed, 183,261 administered). The Phoenix Area has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 as well.

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 25, 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 78 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 146,685 144,078
Bemidji 182,945 136,766
Billings 88,925 58,597
California 258,155 175,188
Great Plains 165,700 115,090
Nashville 115,475 83,624
Navajo 316,195 279,398
Oklahoma City 550,630 435,182
Phoenix 227,290 183,261
Portland 114,905 85,845
Tucson 13,990 11,128
Grand Total 2,180,895 1,708,157

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and delivered by October 22, 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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