A COVID-19 vaccine is mandatory for truckers coming into Canada from the United States

Ambassador Bridge to the US. Image credit: IBNS Canada

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Ottawa/IBNS: Making COVID-19 vaccine mandatory effective Jan 14 for truckers crossing into Canada from the United States has speeded up border crossings with lesser disruptions to the supply chain as the pandemic drags on.

Canadian truckers must be vaccinated, as of Jan 14 to avoid quarantine and a pre-arrival molecular test, while unvaccinated will be turned back at the border.

 Stephen Laskowski, the president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) reportedly said this mandate could potentially cause some slowdowns at the border in the coming days and would widely impact the supply chain caused by driver shortages.  

“As communicated to members earlier today, Government of Canada officials have provided additional information in the form of an FAQ document for industry, which includes questions submitted to CTA by members…in both English and French for further information: CTA continues to work with the American Trucking Associations and  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding enforcement details of the U.S. mandate coming into effect on January 22. No further information has been made available but will be communicated as soon as possible”, said a CTA news release on Jan 14.

After mandatory Covid-19 vaccine effective Jan 14, traveler processing times in the commercial stream had increased at some ports of entry resulting in limited delays in the hours following the new rules, said a spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in an email.