Alaska truckers form convoy to support Canadian protests

Hundreds of truckers and personal vehicles staged at Cabela’s in South Anchorage before driving to Eagle River on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, to support Canadian truck drivers opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Photo: Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Alaska truck drivers have rallied in support of their counterparts in Canada who oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates with a convoy.

More than 100 truck drivers on Sunday drove the 10 miles from Anchorage to Eagle River to support truckers in Canada who have been protesting vaccine mandates in Ottawa, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Truck drivers and other service providers since Jan. 15 can only enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated. A week later, the U.S. required vaccinations from essential non-resident travelers.

“We have to have the shot stamps on our medical cards in order to go out of state, and we don’t want them,” said Jeremy Speldrich, a truck driver with GMG General, Inc. of Anchorage. “Mandates should be our choice, whether you want the shots or not.”

Another protest convoy took trucks from Eagle River north to the Wasilla area. Similar events were held Sunday in Fairbanks and late last month in Juneau.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Canada’s Northwest Territories reports 15th COVID-19 death as active cases decrease, CBC News

Finland: Finnish PM seeks to lift all Covid restrictions in February, Yle News

Greenland: Greenland widens alcohol bans in order to control spread of COVID-19, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Murmansk tightens COVID-19 restrictions while Norway eases them, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Amid record Covid-19 cases in both countries, Norway ends mandatory entry quarantine for travelers from Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden to lift almost all COVID-19 restrictions from February 9th, Radio Sweden

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