CANADIAN TRUCKERS TO STAY EXEMPT FROM COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE

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CANADIAN TRUCKERS TO STAY EXEMPT FROM COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE

By Chandrayee Roy Choudhury, Canada:

Canada will allow unvaccinated Canadian truckers to cross in from the United States, reversing a decision requiring all truckers to be inoculated against the coronavirus, Canada’s border agency said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had faced pressure from the main opposition party and trucking lobby to drop the vaccine mandate for truckers, due to come into force on Saturday, saying it could result in driver shortages, disrupt trade and drive up inflation.

However, truckers from the United States will still need to be vaccinated or they will be turned back at the border from Jan. 15, a Canadian border services agency (CBSA)spokesperson said.



A Canadian government source said the decision was taken to ensure smooth supply chains.