North Dakota, Saskatchewan announce border vaccine program

April 27, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has expanded its joint border vaccination program with Canada to include truck drivers from Saskatchewan who are transporting goods to and from the United States, Gov. Doug Burgum said Tuesday.

Burgum and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe agreed to work together on vaccinating up to 2,000 residents from the Canadian province. A similar program with Manitoba was announced last week.

“Trade with the United States is essential for the Saskatchewan economy,” Moe said. “These essential workers are crossing the border to ensure our residents and those in the United States have access to the goods and services they need to get through this pandemic.”

The Interstate 29 rest area near Drayton in northeastern North Dakota is serving as the vaccination site for drivers from both Saskatchewan and Manitoba. An additional vaccination site has been approved near the Saskatchewan border crossing at North Portal, Burgum said.

The cost of the program will be covered by the U.S. government.