Canada abandons the vaccination obligation for its truck drivers coming from the United States – RT en français
Canada will allow unvaccinated Canadian truckers to return and cross the United States without coercion, overturning a decision requiring all carriers to be vaccinated against Covid or face quarantine.
As of January 15, all Canadian truck drivers crossing the United States border to return to their country should have been vaccinated, according to a decision by the Ottawa government. Otherwise, they should have been placed in quarantine.
On January 13, however, a spokesperson for Canada Border Services announced that the country’s authorities were backtracking, as reported by several Canadian media and Reuters. Canadian carriers who have only received one dose or who have not been vaccinated will ultimately not have to undergo quarantine on arrival in the territory.
According to a Canadian news agency, “The Canadian Trucking Alliance, an organization based in Ottawa, says that about 10% of the approximately 120,000 Canadians who cross the Canada-U.S. Border driving large trucks have not been completely vaccinated ”.
For Reuters, Justin Trudeau has in fact been pressured by the main opposition party and the trucker lobby to drop the restrictions. Authorities were also concerned that the lack of availability of these drivers could disrupt trade and drive up inflation.
However, American truckers will have to be vaccinated, otherwise they will be turned back at the border from January 15.