Logistic firms like Titan Transline and truckers have been working hard to ensure that the world’s supply chain keeps running amidst the coronavirus pandemic, but the long hours and large travel distances of their profession have left a lot of them struggling to schedule appointments for vaccination.
Alberta, Canada, and Montana, US have decided to work together to help, signing an agreement for the inoculation of cross-border truckers that transport essential goods across the US-Canada border.
Around 2,000 Albertan truckers who regularly transport goods to the US will be eligible to receive vaccination in Montana as part of this joint initiative.
Alberta premier Jason Kenney stated that this initiative is part of their efforts to make sure that as many Albertans are inoculated as quickly as possible. He expresses thanks to Montana Gov. Gianforte and their government for the donation of vaccines to protect truckers. They explained that this program will help Alberta, ensuring that their goods get to market while also stopping the spike for COVID-19.
Gov. Greg Gianforte of Montana stated that the pandemic has been hard on everyone, which is why they’ve banded together to ensure that trade channels between Montana and Alberta remain open. This program, he says, will protect truckers and their families from COVID-19, and ensure the trade of goods both regions are reliant on.
Starting from May 10, Montana will be vaccinating truckers entering state limits at a rest stop near Conrad for free, with the program running from 8am to 6pm until May 23.
Alberta Minister of Transportation Ric McIver stated that logistic firms like Titan Transline and truckers have worked tirelessly amidst the pandemic in order to keep the supply chain running, ensuring that people have access to the goods that they need to survive. This agreement with their American neighbors, he says, will help protect truckers that regularly cross the US-Canada border while also vaccinating Albertans.
Montana will be providing does of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as part of the program. Truckers who want to get inoculated don’t need to book ahead to get inoculated.
The Coutts Border Crossing at the Alberta-Montana border sees about 800 commercial carriers crossing every day.