Manitoba and North Dakota look to get cross-border essential workers vaccinated

The governments of Manitoba and North Dakota are aiming to ensure essential workers who have to cross the Canada-U.S. border are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum are scheduled to announce an initiative at an 11 a.m. press conference. Global News will stream the event live in this story.

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Some essential workers, such as commercial truckers and health-care providers, are exempt from the requirement to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada.

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Manitobans 40 and over can now access AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Manitoba has ramped up its vaccination program this week.

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Read more: Manitobans 40 and over can now access AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Anyone 40 and over is now eligible for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which is distributed through pharmacies and medical clinics.

For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the minimum age is 34 for First Nations people and 54 for others.

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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