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A cross-border COVID-19 vaccination clinic is back for two days in June following public outrage after “government bureaucracy” led to its cancellation earlier last week.
The program is being offered even though U.S. officials recently said crossing the border to receive the vaccine was not allowed under current travel rules, while Canadian officials have maintained that there are no exemptions from testing and quarantine requirements for those returning to Canada after receiving a vaccine. .
The Aamskapi’piikani Medicine Line vaccination clinic, run by a Montana First Nation, began offering the COVID-19 vaccine to members of the Blackfoot Confederacy – and later anyone willing to make the trip – the last month.
The Blackfoot Confederacy includes three First Nations in Alberta and the Blackfoot tribe in Browning, Mont.
An American First Nation official said he was “sad and disappointed” when the clinic was ordered to shut down due to what she called Canadian and state government interference. United, but added that the decision has since been overturned.
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Postmedia was unable to contact the U.S. Border Agency or the Blackfeet Tribe for comment on Saturday to explain the apparent policy change.
The first and second doses of Moderna or Pfizer will now be offered to travelers on June 8 and 9 at the Canada-U.S. Caraway border crossing, with priority for Blackfoot members, according to the confederation’s website. The crossing is approximately 100 kilometers south of Lethbridge.
A statement posted on the website asks people to bring their passports or Indian status cards to cross the border. They said a letter would be provided to waive Canada’s 14-day isolation requirement.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) again underlined the eligibility to cross the border in a statement released on Saturday, noting that US Customs and Border Protection “have been publicly noted as saying that travel for the sole purpose of obtaining a vaccination is not permitted under current travel restrictions.
PHAC has said that Indigenous Canadians can enter the United States if they have dual citizenship or qualify under the Jay Treaty.
The public health agency also said people who previously visited the clinic were using the provision of essential medical care to gain exemption from quarantine and testing requirements upon their return to Canada.
“This exemption requires travelers to have written proof from a licensed healthcare professional in Canada that the service or treatment obtained outside of Canada is essential, and a letter from a licensed healthcare professional in Canada. United States indicating that the treatment or service was provided in that country, ”PHAC said.
However, the agency previously clarified that all Canadians traveling to the United States for the purpose of being vaccinated are not exempt from a 14-day quarantine upon their return.
– With files from the Canadian Press