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Vaccine mandate still on for Canadian truck drivers

Vaccine mandate still on for Canadian truck drivers
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It was a day of confusion for many Canadian truck drivers after last night’s reports indicated that the federal government had changed its mind about a vaccination mandate that is set to go into effect on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

The Federal Government issued a statement in response to inaccurate information that reached the Internet and airwaves last night.

It reads, “As announced in November, and as we reached out to the industry recently, starting January 15th, unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers entering Canada will need to meet pre-entry, arrival and day eight testing requirements, as well as quarantine requirements.” This can be found The entire statement is at the bottom of this story.

With the upcoming mandate, we’ve been told to expect disruption to the supply chain.

The Manitoba Trucking Association projects that nearly 15 percent of truck drivers in the province have not been vaccinated, with fewer truck drivers vaccinated in some areas.

Acting CEO, Aaron Dolenyuk, says the industry is already experiencing a severe driver shortage and any reduction in drivers will affect the supply chain.

Almost all products spend some time in the trucks on their journey to the stores, Dolyniuk says, and that means there will be some delays before they reach their destination.

He notes that the pandemic has drawn attention to the valuable roles that truck drivers play in obtaining essential items for people, such as food, clothing, furniture and supplies needed for daily life.

“I think it made people appreciate the trucking industry a little bit more, and it recognizes truck drivers as the champions of the highway,” Dolinyuk says.

He points out that some improvements need to be made to truck drivers’ working conditions, such as providing accessible rest stations, access to restrooms and other tools they need to do their work.

“We need to treat truck drivers as essential frontline workers,” Dolenyuk says.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Truck Alliance (CTA) reported that yesterday it met with Canadian government officials to discuss the implementation of the vaccination mandate at the border.

In a press release, the coalition stated that officials are recommending that proof of vaccination be submitted electronically through ArriveCAN.

It also notes that currently, carriers that send unvaccinated drivers before January 15 and do not return to Canada before the mandate goes into effect, could be subject to potential quarantine and/or other public health measures upon re-entry.

The statement goes on to say, “The CTA continues to work with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and contacts south of the border regarding enforcement of the US vaccination mandate that is said to come into effect on January 22. Although no details are currently available, the coalition will distribute this information.” As soon as possible “.

The requirements for truck drivers entering Canada are effective January 15, 2022

From: Public Health Agency of Canada

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January 13, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Public Health Canada

Today, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, the Honorable Minister of Transport Omar Al-Ghubra and the Honorable Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino issued the following statement:

“On November 19, 2021, we announced that effective January 15, 2022, certain categories of travelers who are currently exempt from entry requirements will only be allowed to enter the country if they have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada.

These groups include many primary service providers, including truck drivers. Let’s be clear: This has not changed. The information shared yesterday was submitted in error. Our teams have been in contact with industry representatives to make sure they have the right information.

Canadian truck driver not fully vaccinated I can not Denied Entry to Canada – Canadian citizens, people registered as Indian under Indian law, and permanent residents can enter Canada by right.

As announced in November, and as we reached out to the industry recently, starting January 15th, unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers entering Canada will need to meet pre-entry, arrival and day eight testing requirements, as well as quarantine requirements.

The final decision on entry and quarantine is made by the government representative at the port of entry, based on the information provided to them at the time.

Anyone showing symptoms upon arrival in Canada will be directed to a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) official and will be directed to isolate for 10 days from the time symptoms first appear.

Effective January 15, 2022, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign truck drivers, arriving in Canada from the United States by road, will be directed to the United States.

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler and enter Canada, foreign truck drivers must:

  • You have received at least two doses of an acceptable travel vaccine, which is a combination of two acceptable vaccines
  • or at least one dose of the Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • They received their second dose at least 14 full days before they entered Canada. For example: If a driver receives his second dose anytime on Saturday, January 1, then Sunday, January 16 will be the first day he meets the 14-day condition.
  • Provided all requested COVID-19 information to ArriveCAN.

The Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to prioritize the health and safety of Canadians. As vaccination levels, case numbers and hospitalization rates evolve, the Government of Canada will continue to consider more targeted measures at the border – and when they are lifted or modified – to keep Canadians safe.”

By Judy Peters

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