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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease 2019

The Indian Health Service continues to work closely with our tribal and urban Indian organization partners and state and local public health officials to coordinate a comprehensive public health response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected American Indian and Alaska Native populations across the country. American Indians and Alaska Natives have infection rates over 3.5 times higher Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  than non-Hispanic whites, are over four times Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  more likely to be hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, and have higher rates Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  of mortality at younger ages than non-Hispanic whites. This has highlighted the need for comprehensive, culturally appropriate personal and public health services that are available and accessible to all American Indian and Alaska Native people.

A Historic Investment

The IHS has received a historic investment of more than $9 billion [PDF] to provide resources for IHS, tribal, and urban Indian health programs to address long-standing health inequities experienced by American Indians and Alaska Natives by ensuring a comprehensive public health response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked closely with tribes and urban Indian organizations throughout this pandemic to get resources out to facilities as quickly as possible.

Increasing Availability and Access to Vaccination Sites

IHS continues to address barriers to COVID-19 vaccination in American Indian and Alaska Native communities by increasing availability to convenient and accessible vaccination sites; increasing clinical and community-based workforce for outreach, education, and vaccination; and accelerating COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration. Across the Indian health system, we have administered well over one million vaccine doses, increased drive-through testing sites, and provided next-generation at home tests and rapid tests.

Achievements and Improvements

It has been more than a year now that IHS and our dedicated workforce have been responding to COVID-19. Over the past year, IHS has worked to ensure the safety of our IHS patients and staff, as well as tribal community members. We have made some considerable achievements such as developing a COVID-19 data surveillance system and partnering with the Navajo Nation and other local organizations on a project to support the installation of 59 transitional water points on the Navajo Nation. These efforts have increased water access for over 9,600 homes without piped water.

The pandemic has highlighted challenges and risks to our current health information technology system and has reinforced IHS’ commitment to the modernization of our health IT infrastructure. Despite these challenges, we have successfully expanded our use of technology to provide telehealth services during COVID-19.The funding for electronic health record modernization provided by Congress will allow us to proceed with the foundational steps in this important multi-year effort.

Importance of Partnerships

We look forward to continuing our work with tribal, urban Indian organization, and federal partners across the country. The IHS remains committed to working closely with our stakeholders and understands the importance of everyone coming together during this difficult time.

For the latest general information about COVID-19, we encourage everyone to periodically review CDC’s COVID-19 webpage Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving . Information on the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered across the IHS can be found on the CDC COVID Data Tracker Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  in the Federal Entities section.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration by IHS Area

As of November 22, 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 77 percent. The IHS jurisdiction is administering all available full doses in accordance with FDA guidance.

Area Total Doses Distributed* Total Doses Administered**
Albuquerque 156,105 154,848
Bemidji 200,465 149,313
Billings 101,885 64,816
California 278,225 186,918
Great Plains 186,180 124,923
Nashville 128,235 91,263
Navajo 347,695 308,714
Oklahoma City 591,070 457,419
Phoenix 252,550 196,330
Portland 127,985 92,663
Tucson 14,290 11,235
Grand Total 2,384,685 1,838,442

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and delivered by November 19, 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.

COVID-19 Cases by IHS Area

Data are reported from IHS, tribal, and urban Indian organization facilities, though reporting by tribal and urban programs is voluntary. Data reflect cases reported to the IHS through 11:59 pm on November 23, 2021.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 861,896 26,481 728,262 3.5% 5.3%
Albuquerque 122,246 9,805 91,086 9.7% 9.4%
Bemidji 237,480 18,299 218,539 7.7% 12.4%
Billings 132,133 10,061 118,242 7.8% 10.6%
California 135,372 13,289 116,728 10.2% 5.5%
Great Plains 195,901 17,749 177,483 9.1% 7.9%
Nashville 122,403 9,901 109,723 8.3% 10.0%
Navajo 364,085 42,706 265,240 13.9% 17.2%
Oklahoma City 767,962 92,308 666,545 12.2% 7.1%
Phoenix 235,837 30,070 204,586 12.8% 14.6%
Portland 179,111 12,469 166,108 7.0% 6.4%
Tucson 49,580 3,961 45,494 8.2% 6.2%
TOTAL 3,404,006 287,099 2,908,036 9.0% 9.3%

COVID-19 testing data is updated on Mondays and Thursdays.

IHS COVID-19 Dashboard

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Website last updated November 24, 2021