Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced an arrangement allowing Alberta truckers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Montana.
About 2,000 Alberta commercial truck drivers who are regulated to transport goods into the United States will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Montana will be providing the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine during the program and truck drivers will not be required to book ahead to receive the vaccinations.
The move is one more step in the push to get people vaccinated to reduce a sharp surge in cases in Alberta.
Alberta’s case rate has been the highest in North America, forcing Kenney to implement new restrictions this week to prevent the health system from being overwhelmed.
All schoolchildren are now back to learning at home online and hair salons, barber shops and restaurant patios must close by Sunday.
Alberta is approaching 25,000 active cases of COVID-19, and there are more than 600 people in hospital with the illness.
— With Files From The Canadian Press