NIHB Weekly COVID-19 Data Update Dashboard – October 6, 2021

Data on COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths by state and county.

Nation-to-Nation dialogue on the Ongoing COVID -19 response

On September 24, 2021, the Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services sent a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) inviting Tribal leaders to participate in a special two-day virtual Nation-to-Nation…

COVID-19 Children’s Coloring Storybook Is Now Available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a coloring storybook about staying safe from COVID-19, titled Community Protectors: Children Help Communities Stay Safe from COVID-19. CDC, CDC…

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Pfizer Boosters for Older People and Others at High Risk

On September 17, 2021, an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected recommending Pfizer (now Comirnaty) booster shots for most recipients of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Instead,…

ICYMI: Do Your Research: Empowering Native Youth to Get Vaccinated

On September 15, 2021, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) hosted the second webinar in the #ACTOFLOVE COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar Series.

FDA Statement on Vaccines for Younger Children

Janet Woodcock, M.D. Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs – Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Peter Marks, M.D., PhD. Director – Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) shared information…

President Biden Announces COVID-19 Plan

On September 10, 2021, President Biden announced his COVID-19 Action Plan. He will be implementing a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy that uses the same science-based approach that has been successful…

Bureau of Indian Education Issues Vaccine Mandate

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), the federal agency that oversees BIE funded schools that educate American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in nearly two dozen states, issued a COVID-19 vaccine…

CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory: Rapid Increase in Ivermectin Prescriptions and Reports of Severe Illness Associated with Use of Products Containing Ivermectin to Prevent or Treat COVID-19

What is ivermectin? It is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescription medication used to treat certain infections caused by internal and external parasites. Ivermectin is NOT authorized or…

Special Message for Indian Country: Recommendations for Tribal Communities to Continue to Stay Safe from COVID-19

There has been a flurry of COVID-19 updates in recent weeks, but this one is essential. The highly contagious Delta variant continues to surge, and we must keep the Nation’s Tribes and communities safe, healthy, and protected. Please consider the following Centers for Disease…


The National Indian Health Board is leading a national effort to advocate and secure resources for Tribes to respond to COVID-19. NIHB seeks to ensure that the Tribes remain informed on COVID 19, have the resources and assistance needed to respond to the pandemic, and that the Congress and Administration understand and address Tribal needs and priorities.  NIHB also aims to create resources that will be informative and helpful to Tribes and Tribal members.  NIHB believes that this coordinated national response is part of its sacred mission to serve the Tribes and help maintain the safety and well-being of Tribal citizens.

NIHB is pleased to release a video message from our Board of Directors about the COVID-19 pandemic and NIHB’s advocacy and efforts to bring resources to Tribes during this difficult time.

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