HMC ready for vaccine: Hospital could begin vaccinations as early as next week

Courtesy Hilo Medical Center Nurse Tracey Silva poses with Hilo Medical Center's ultra-cold freezer which will be used to store COVID-19 vaccines when the hospital receives them. The vaccines must be kept at -70 degrees.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A Hilo Medical Center employee walks to the stairs to enter the hospital on Tuesday.

Hilo Medical Center could begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to some front-line employees as early as next week, should emergency use of the immunization be approved.