Vaccine mandate for international truck drivers starts Saturday
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Canada’s leader is moving forward with a vaccine mandate for truck drivers that cross the border in and out of Canada.
Critics have been pressuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to enforce a mandate because they say it will worsen the driver shortage and also increase the price of goods imported from the U.S.
For those truck drivers entering Canada, this vaccine mandate begins Saturday. It will impact thousands entering our neighbor to the north from Northern Minnesota.
According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, this could force around 16,000 cross-border drivers off the roads.
The Canadian Government projects it will be half of that number though.
It is important to note that this is the first policy measure being put in place for truck drivers.
When the Canada-U.S. border was closed to international travel, those transporting goods by truck were considered ‘essential’ to keep supply chains flowing.
Canada’s border agency says those unvaccinated truck drivers who are not Canadian will be turned back at the border as soon as January 15th hits.
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