The COVID-19 pandemic has hit a lot of industries across the world, and the logistics industry is no exception, in spite of the boom in e-commerce. Logistics firms like Titans Transline have had to make serious adaptations in order to stay afloat.
A recent report from the US Bureau of Transportation Services showed that cross-border freight dropped throughout 2020. In terms of value, more than $1.06tn of freight travelled across the country’s border, with a drop of more than $163bn from 2019.
Due to the importance of logistics and, in turn, truckers, organizations representing truckers in the US have been calling to the CDC to help them with vaccination. Among these requests is the call to designate truck stops and travel plazas as COVID-19 vaccination sites.
Thanks to efforts by the White House to make the COVID-19 vaccine easier, truck drivers are now getting a chance to get themselves inoculated from COVID-19 and get protected.
In Laredo, Texas, one of the major gateways connecting Mexico and the US, a lot of truckers immediately took the chance to get vaccinated, as the city recently changed vaccination guidelines to no longer require proof of residency, which was the primary hurdle for truckers who work across state and national lines.
The Mexican Consulate stated that truckers from logistics firms like Titans Transline travel across the US, Mexico, and North America and it’s important to ask the community that we have a vaccine, due to the fact that the White House’s efforts have made inoculation easier than ever.
The Mexican Consulate’s Reyes D. Soto stated that truckers are essential workers, which is why they made it easier for truckers to get inoculated, which is why the vaccine drive was set up at Mines Road so they wouldn’t have to get caught up in traffic.
The vaccine drive was the combined effort of the Consulate of Mexico, Laredo Motor Carriers, LUVS, and the Laredo Fire Department. The initial event had 700 truckers and other people inoculated, with a second dose to come on June 1, 2021.
The bridges connected Mexico and the US in Laredo see an average of about 9,000 tractor-trailers travelling through daily.