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Montana helping vaccinate Alberta truckers south of Coutts border

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CALGARY, AB – Our neighbours in Montana have stepped up to help Alberta vaccinate truck drivers who are crossing the international border, delivering goods each and every day.

Transportation Minister Ric McIver says the province and state have signed a deal which will have a big impact on truckers coming into Canada south of Coutts.

“Around 2,000 Alberta truckers will be able to get vaccinated across the U.S. border at Conrad, Montana between May 10th to 23rd. It’s one part of our vaccine strategy, but we think it’s an important one,” McIver said Friday.

Alberta truckers will be provided the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a rest-stop location in Conrad.

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It’s estimated about 800 commercial carriers cross the Alberta-Montana border at Coutts alone each day.

Another thing to note is that truck drivers don’t have to pre-book to get the vaccine. They can just simply pull into that rest-stop, get the jab, and carry on their way.

McIver stressed that truckers have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep our goods moving and shelves stocked. “This agreement with our American neighbours will help us protect Alberta truckers who cross the border while vaccinating as many Albertans as quickly as we can.”

There’s no cost to Alberta for these vaccinations.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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