‘The beginning of the end’: Frontline workers, first responders receive COVID-19 vaccine

  • Hawaii Fire Department member Nate Lee receives his COVID-19 shot Wednesday in Hilo. Hawaii County and the state Department of Health will administer vaccines Thursday in Kona. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Mary Ann Floresca registers Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alistair Bairos for his COVID vaccine Wednesday at Kona Community Hospital. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kona Community Hospital staff receive a tutorial on the COVID vaccine before receiving their shot on Wednesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Dr. Alistair Bairos, Interim Chief Medical Officer gets his COVID vaccine Wednesday at Kona Community Hospital. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Wendy Nishihara, RN administers the first dose of the COVID vaccine to Respiratory Therapy Supervisor Lynn Reinert Wednesday at Kona Community Hospital. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The first 25 frontline workers at Kona Community Hospital received their initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday afternoon in Kealakekua.