Ontario, Michigan discussing partnership to vaccinate Ontario truckers

by Today's Trucking

The Ontario government is reportedly working with the state of Michigan to discuss partnering to vaccinate Ontario-based cross-border truck drivers.

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) said in a release that it called on provincial officials to reach out to the state to see if an arrangement could be made, similar to those between North Dakota and Saskatchewan and Manitoba. North Dakota is offering vaccines to those essential workers just across the U.S. border.

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“The province of Ontario time and time again has stepped up to support our industry, and its truck drivers specifically, during this pandemic – whether it’s by urging the supply chain to improve treatment of drivers, expand access to washrooms, food and medical attention; and now, to increase vaccination availability of truck drivers by working with our counterparts south of the border,” said OTA chairman Wendell Erb.

“OTA would once again like to thank Premier Ford and Minister Mulroney for their leadership and unwavering commitment to our sector and, specifically, our professional driving community.”

Details of a partnership are not yet available, but OTA says discussions of an agreement are continuing.

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  • That’s a good idea but I wish they would have done this 1-2 months ago.

    Now, anybody in Ontario over 50 can get a vaccine in Ontario.
    And most truck drivers are over 50.

    I got my AstraZeneca in Apr 16 with my second shot booked in few months.
    But I kept looking to get a shot in the US for the last 2 months before that.
    I would have appreciate some coordination with the Ontario/Michigan/New York governments back then to help me get the shot as a driver that crosses the border every week.

    Hopefully, drivers if haven’t had their vaccine can benefit.

  • it’s pretty sad when canada has to look to the us for vaccines because our goverment hasn’t done enough to ensure the cross border drivers or other essential workers are vaccinated here in canada

  • This is a very good idea. In Ontario only homeless people and those in healthcare or over 60 got the vaccine in Ontario inarch.