Logistics firms like Titan Transline have seen no shortage of work amidst the coronavirus pandemic due to the nature of logistics and the importance of truckers to the supply chain. However, the nature of their work also means that it’s hard for them to get inoculated from COVID-19.
Montana is aware of the issue, and has decided to help out. The state will be providing doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to truckers crossing their borders starting on May 10. Notably, this deal is similar to the agreements that Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota signed with each other, and is expected to benefit approximately 2,000 truckers, which is good news for logistic firms like Titan Transline and the truckers they employ.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney stated that the initiative is just part of their efforts to get as many Albertans vaccinated as quickly as they can.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose. The designated vaccination site for the initiative is a rest stop located near Conrad in Montana.
As part of the announcement of the initiative, made on May 7, 2021, Kenney issued a statement of gratitude to the truckers operating in the state as well as the country, saying that their efforts in ensuring that communities still have food, medicine, and other vital goods amidst the pandemic is appreciated.
Alberta got hit hard by the third COVID-19 wave going through Canada, with more active cases per capita than any other Canadian province or US state.
Kenney’s United Conservative government also announced that all Albertans over the age of 30 are eligible for the vaccine as of May 6, 2021, with another expansion on May 10, which will make all Albertans aged 12 and up eligible.
That means that, within the first half of May 2021, 3.8mn Albertans, out of the 4.4mn total, will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to local data, 100,000 newly eligible Albertans signed up to get vaccinated on May 6, 2021.
Prior to this announcement by the Albertan government, the province was set to receive more than 4.2 of various COVID-19 vaccines by July 4.