Alberta Premier Jason Kenny says Montana Johnson & Johnson will provide footage for trucks crossing the border from May 10.
The deal is similar to previous agreements signed between Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota and is expected to affect about 2,000 trucks.
“The initiative we are announcing today is part of our effort to get the vaccine in the hands of all Albertons as soon as we can,” Kenny said Friday morning.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only a single dose. Trucks will pick up the jab at a rest stop near Conrad in Montana.
“I would like to close by thanking the trucks that drove thousands of kilometers to ensure that our communities had food, medicine and vital supplies throughout last year’s epidemic.”
Alberta has been hit hard by the third wave of COVID-19 and is currently more active in individuals than in any Canadian province or US state.
The United Conservative government in Kenny also announced this week that the vaccine eligibility would be dramatically expanded, with all Albertons over the age of 30 qualifying as of Thursday and all Albertons aged 12 and over having to qualify by Monday.
That means that of the approximately 4.4 million residents in the province, about 3.8 million are eligible to be vaccinated within the next week.
On Thursday, about 100,000 newly qualified Albertsans signed up for vaccines.
Prior to this announcement, by July 4, Alberta was on track to receive more than 4.2 million drugs and various vaccines.