The Alberta government announced that it has reached an agreement to speed up the vaccination of Alberta truckers who transport essential goods into the U.S. Alberta commercial truck drivers, who are regulated, will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Montana. That includes around 2,000 Alberta truck drivers who will be eligible for the program. Premier Jason Kenney says it was vital to protect our truckers who help to keep the supply chain moving.
This news will have a big impact on the Lethbridge trucking industry. It means that truckers will have a chance to be vaccinated when they cross the border into Montana. Al Nelson is the Dispatcher for CJD Trucking in Lethbridge, and he says this is good news for the trucking industry.
Around 800 commercial carriers cross the Alberta and Montana border at the Coutts Border Crossing each and every day. Montana will be providing the vaccines during the program, and truck drivers are not required to book ahead to get a vaccine.