Montana’s government recently announced in a statement early May that it’ll be offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to Canadian truckers that cross the border from Alberta into the state.
Cross-border truckers like in firms like Titan Transline have to be on the road a lot, which makes it hard for them to find time to get inoculated, in spite of the fact that they’re considered essential workers. The program is aware of that, and will inoculate cross-border truckers at a rest stop near Conrad, Mt.
Vaccinations started on May 10, and will continue until May 23, 2021, with around 2,000 truckers being eligible for inoculation. They also don’t need to schedule an appointment.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney stated that about 800 commercial trucks cross the US-Canada border at just the Coutts crossing on a daily basis, adding that there’ll be no cost for Albertans who accept the program.
Kenney has added that he asked Canadian PM Trudeau to lobby the Biden administration to loosen its rules regard vaccine exportation to make it possible for US states to send their excess vaccines to Canada, as well as Mexico.
Cross-border truckers are welcoming the announcement, with trucker Keith Pike stating that it’s good to get vaccines and get people inoculated from COVID-19, regardless of where they come from. The faster people get inoculated, Pike says, the better.
Pike stated that he knows what workers in firms like Titan Transline a lot of truckers like him are having to deal with amidst the pandemic, so getting vaccinated and some extra safety measures is a big help, especially for those that travel far across the US-Canada border.
The goal of the announcement from Alberta, which is similar to the agreement between Saskatchewan and Manitoba with the state of North Dakota, is to protect truckers, who are essential in keeping trade channels open.
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte stated that they’re grateful that they can work with Premier Kenney in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, protect truckers and their loved ones, as well as make sure that their communities continue to get the goods that they’re reliant on.