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Canada yet to decide the exemption of truck driver vaccinations

Canada is still in two minds about mandating vaccines in truck drivers Confusion continues to prevail as Canada’s pandemic response organization wrongly interpreted the policy regarding vaccination for truck drivers.

Canada Border Services Agency recently stated that the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated truck drivers entering the country from the United States would not be exempted from the vaccination. The January 12 statement has caught almost everyone by surprise, only to be then refuted by the government the next day 

The new statement read by the government the following afternoon declared that the exemption still held and that the January 12 statement was incorrect and sent “in error.”

Hence, the exemption was to end by January 15, meaning that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated truck drivers from the US were to either receive a pre-arrival molecular test or get fully vaccinated.

Referring to the reversed statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “There was a miscommunication from an official last week that contradicted that. That was quickly corrected.” 

That statement as shared on January 12, read, “Unvaccinated, or partially vaccinated, Canadian truck drivers arriving at the border (would) remain exempt from pre-arrival, on arrival and post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements as crew members.”

There is still no explanation on why the association messed up the statement or why the government reversed its decision regarding the truck driver vaccinations. 

“The measures have been the subject of several engagements with industry stakeholders in advance of the Jan. 15 coming into force date. In the case of truck drivers, this included meetings with industry and labour associations,” said Eric Morrissette, a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

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