COVID-19 Policy

COVID-19 vaccination policy

Committed to health and safety

Heart & Stroke, Canadian Red Cross and Grayson Training Group all recognize Health Canada’s guidance that vaccinations are one of the most effective ways to protect our families, communities and ourselves against COVID-19. Data has shown that people who have a heart condition or vascular disease, or who have had a stroke, are at higher risk of complications if they are infected with COVID-19. That’s why it is critical we do everything we can do to reduce COVID-19 transmission.

Vaccination ― along with other public health measures such as appropriate masking, hand washing, physical distancing, and daily health screening ― is essential for creating the safest possible environment for everyone.

For this reason, we have developed a vaccination policy that requires all employees to be fully vaccinated unless they have a valid exemption. Students, third-party service providers and others must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19


For the purpose of this policy:

  • “Fully vaccinated” or “full vaccination” means that the individual has received all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as authorized by Health Canada (including any required boosters, where eligible) and has completed the two-week waiting period following vaccination.

  • “Proof of full vaccination” refers to a COVID-19 vaccine dose administration document, certificate or receipt, or an electronic vaccine passport that has been provided by a provincial/territorial government in Canada and that shows the individual has been fully vaccinated.

  • “Congregate setting” describes anywhere that a Grayson Training Group-organized event/meeting is held.


This policy applies to all employees, Students and third-party service providers.

Policy details

Full vaccination is required for Heart & Stroke CPR Courses and Red Cross First Aid Courses plus any congregate settings

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of complete vaccination. Students are required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination if they wish to or are required to enter a congregate setting (whether occasionally or on a regular basis). Third-party service providers are required to be fully vaccinated and attest to their (or their employees’) vaccination status if they are required to enter a workplace or congregate setting.

Unvaccinated employees

The Training Group will accommodate an employee who has a human rights-based exemption to vaccination (e.g., medical) to the point of undue hardship. Will require these employees to provide appropriate documentation to substantiate the exemption claimed.

Providing proof of full vaccination

All employees are required to provide proof of full vaccination as requested.

All Students, third-party service providers and individuals (e.g. donors, guests, event participants, media, potential volunteers, government officials) who wish, or are required, to attend a congregate setting are required to complete a health screening form which includes an attestation to their vaccination status. Students will also be required to show proof of their vaccination status.

Other COVID-19 safety protocols

Health screening is mandatory before entering an office or attending a congregate setting. Health screening will include health questions related to COVID-19 and a declaration confirming individuals are fully vaccinated.

Appropriate masking and physical distancing are required at all times when in a congregate setting


The COVID-19 vaccination policy is effective January 10, 2022.

Safety protocols will be reviewed periodically to reflect new developments in the pandemic situation and in accordance with the latest public health guidance. Communications will be updated and distributed to staff, students and others to reflect any changes in our policy.

Linked Policies.

] COVID-19: Effectiveness and benefits of vaccination -

Vaccination policy | Heart and Stroke Foundation

How Red Cross is working to protect clients, staff and volunteers during COVID-19 - Canadian Red Cross