There's a new answer to the question "how do you get a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada?" Teachers and education staff in one province are going to be able to cross the border into the U.S. and get a state's unused vaccine doses.
Manitoba announced that it has come to an agreement with North Dakota and the federal government to expand its essential worker cross border vaccination initiative to include the province's teachers and education workers such as administrative and custodial staff.
Premier Brian Pallister noted that details are still being developed but the isolation requirement following travel outside of Canada won't apply to educators who cross the border to get a dose and availability is expected to be on weekends so people don't have to take time off work.
"The way this will work is the person will go to the border, across, get a vaccine and must come immediately back. They're not going shopping in Grand Forks," he said.
The City of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan declared a state of emergency on the evening of Monday, May 17 due to a wildfire just outside of the area.
Evacuation orders were issued and 28 evacuees spent the night in hotels last night, according to a news release on Tuesday. "There are no reported homes lost as of this morning. City of Prince Albert Fire Fighters are focusing on protecting structures within the City limits," said the release.
It outlined the status of the fire as "not contained," noting that "It is approximately the size of 40 square kilometers."
As for the imacted areas, "A SaskAlert was issued for residents to evacuate within the areas north of Highway 55, east of Cloverdale Road and west of the Honeymoon Road. Highway 55 East has been closed at the Prince Albert off ramp and Pulp Haul Road from Whitestar Road to Hwy 55 junction. Residents are urged to avoid the area."