Good News For Manitoba Truckers Travelling To N.D.

Manitoban truckers will be offered free vaccines starting Wednesday when they travel to North Dakota.

This will be the first such program between a Canadian and American jurisdiction.

The Manitoba Trucking Association and the Province of Manitoba will identify eligible drivers and work with North Dakota to schedule vaccination appointments during truckers’ routine trips to the U.S. over the next six to eight weeks.

It’s expected to help with 2,000 to 4,000 Manitoba drivers.

The state will be providing the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and, once it is approved again, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

U.S. health officials recently stopped the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

The vaccines will be administered by the North Dakota Department of Health nurses and other staff to administer the first and second doses of the vaccine to provide full immunization of truckers.

The state will then provide proof of immunization to those who are vaccinated and share records of immunization with Manitoba.

There will be no cost to the state or province.