Booster shots available but emphasis still on the unvaccinated

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Testers with S&G Labs take a break between cars Wednesday to prepare for more COVID-19 testing at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. In an effort to more effectively combat the coronavirus, the CDC has endorsed a third booster dose of vaccine for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations.

Some Big Island residents who are fully inoculated against COVID-19 with a vaccine from Pfizer are now eligible for a booster dose — although the state Department of Health continues to prioritize immunizations for the unvaccinated.