Indianz.Com > COVID-19 > Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
Posted: November 9, 2021

Image: Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration as of November 8, 2021.

According to the data, the IHS has distributed 2,246,455 COVID-19 vaccine doses across 11 areas of Indian Country. Of that amount, 1,764,509 have been administered, representing about 78.6 percent of the total.

The number of vaccines distributed by the IHS increased by about 1.6 percent, according to a comparison of data from November 1. Meanwhile, the number of vaccines administered grew by 1.9 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 (559,980) and administered (446,821). The Navajo Area, where the pandemic has exacted a disproportionate toll since the spring of 2020, comes in second (326,305 distributed, 291,916 administered) while the California Area comes in third (267,255 distributed, 180,931 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 (235,830 distributed, 186,957 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 November 8, 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 IHS jurisdiction is administering all available full doses in accordance with FDA guidance.

Area Total Doses Distributed* Total Doses Administered**
Albuquerque 149,345 147,520
Bemidji 187,505 142,452
Billings 92,815 61,447
California 267,255 180,931
Great Plains 172,350 119,223
Nashville 121,955 87,070
Navajo 326,305 291,916
Oklahoma City 559,980 446,821
Phoenix 235,830 186,957
Portland 119,125 89,044
Tucson 13,990 11,128
Grand Total 2,246,455 1,764,509

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and delivered by November 5, 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 (

Indian Health Service COVID-19 Vaccine

Join the Conversation