Truck drivers oppose truck driver vaccine regulations at the Canadian-US border


Following the introduction of new COVID-19 vaccination requirements for truck drivers enforced by the Canadian and US governments, a truck driver convoy will be released on January 17 on Highway 75 in Emerson, Manitova, near the US-Canada border. I went out to the streets of Canada.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Said A “many vehicles” were involved in a “demonstration” near Emerson’s port of entry, affecting both north and south lanes. RCMP was monitoring traffic flow onsite.

and video Fleet protesters, shared on Twitter, can see flashing signs such as “Last year’s hero, this year’s zero” and “My body, my choice” early in the morning of January 17th.

The driver called the MB-75 “blocking all lanes to the United States and northbound traffic from the United States between Emerson Duty Free and the Commercial Inspection Office,” driver Jamie Slop said on a local radio station. I told CJOB in an interview.

Beginning January 15, foreign truck drivers can only enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated. The Public Health Agency of Canada announced on November 19, 2021. Unvaccinated foreign drivers will be sent back to the United States.

According to the Canadian Public Health on January 13, Canadian truck drivers who are unable to provide evidence of vaccination “must meet pre-arrival, arrival, day 8 inspection requirements, and quarantine requirements.” statement.. However, the public health department added in the same statement that “fully unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers cannot be denied entry into Canada.”

People with symptoms should be quarantined for 10 days after arriving in Canada.

Currently, a complete proof of vaccination is Two-shot series It is explained in detail on the Government of Canada website or in a single dose of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.

Similar requirements, which came into effect on 22 January, were created for non-US truck drivers across the United States and were announced by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on 23 November.

Minister of Health of Canada Jean-Yves Duclos Said The mission of the vaccine is “the right thing”, which not only protects itself, but also “their business and industry” from the pandemic.

However, according to the CEO of a fruit distribution company, mandatory vaccines increased the cost of shipping agricultural products from California and Arizona to Canada by 25% last week. This is because fewer trucks can cross the border.

George Pitsikoulis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadawide Fruits, said: Bloomberg In an interview on January 17, consumers are paying the price of rising costs.

“The lower the supply, the higher the price,” added Pitsikoulis.

Another producer, Bamford Produce, report The cost of transporting a truck full of fruits and vegetables from California and Arizona to Canada is doubled.

according to ReutersThe Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) estimated that as a result of mandates, 10% (16,000) of cross-border drivers could be kicked off the road.

Canada as of November 2021 Headline inflation rate As a result of supply chain turmoil, it has been pushed to the highest level in 18 years since 2003.

The Biden administration has promoted an obligation to require US companies with more than 100 staff to be vaccinated or tested weekly. This is a rule that will apply to truck drivers if enforced. On January 14, the US Supreme Court ruled against the mission. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also said that vaccination obligations do not apply to one truck driver or other employee who “does not report to workplaces with other individuals such as colleagues or customers.”

According to data from the American Trucking Associations obtained by, it is currently estimated that only 50-60% of U.S. truck drivers are vaccinated. Bloomberg..

Tammy Hung

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