Yukio Okutsu vets home kicks off vaccinations

  • Pharmacist Lisandra Blanco gets a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for Grethen Gamet at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

  • Grethen Gamet is the first employee at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, from pharmacist Lisandra Blanco in Hilo on Friday. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

  • Barbara Dawson-Perry is the first Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home resident to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, from pharmacist Lisandra Blanco in Hilo on Friday. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Against a blue backdrop decorated with patriotic stars and a bunting banner with the hashtag #igottheshot, the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered Friday at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.