U.S. truckers are joining their Canadian colleagues to protest the vaccine mandate imposed by the Biden administration. Thousands of truckers in the U.S. are planning to converge on the nation’s capital in a massive convoy that will drive from California to Washington, D.C.
U.S. truckers protest Biden administration’s vaccine mandate
A Facebook group previously known as Save the Flag has changed its name to Convoy to DC 2022. The group is one of several organizers working to coordinate a convoy of U.S. truckers to protest the vaccine mandate by crossing the country from California to Washington, D.C.
The protest is in response to the mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The agency now requires that non-U.S. essential workers like truck drivers who travel to the U.S. must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Truckers or other essential workers who do not show proof of their full vaccination status when they try to cross the U.S. border from Canada or Mexico will not be allowed to enter the U.S. The group organizing the protest of American truckers has not yet announced the dates of its convoy.
The protest isn’t the first sign of resistance from U.S. truckers. The trucking industry sued the Biden administration over its vaccine mandates toward the end of last year, warning that one-third of drivers might quit.
Canadian trucker convoy protest
The U.S. truckers’ protest of the vaccine mandate comes on the heels of a similar protest convoy in Canada. The Canadian protest was called the Freedom Convoy, which started in British Columbia and ended in the nation’s capital of Ottawa.
The Trudeau administration had issued a mandate requiring truckers returning from the U.S. to show proof of COVID vaccination. According to The New York Times, the convoy started among Canadian truckers but grew to include Canadians critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s pandemic restrictions.