SoulCycle Instructor Got A COVID Vaccine By Claiming She’s An ‘Educator’

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A SoulCycle teacher who bought a COVID vaccine in New York is fanning fears that people who find themselves wealthy and well-connected will be capable of leap the road

For greater than a decade, Stacey Griffith has been one of many prime instructors at SoulCycle in New York. Her courses constantly promote out, which suggests, in keeping with Vox, that she makes $800 per 45 minute class. And final week, Griffith shared an Instagram submit saying she bought the primary dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by classifying herself as an “educator.” Amid a chaotic vaccine rollout, that is what all of us had been afraid would occur — that the wealthy and well-connected would exploit loopholes to skip forward of the vaccine line.

“Now I can teach SoulCycle with a little more faith that we’re all gonna be okay,” Griffith wrote in a now-deleted Instagram submit, the place she thanked 5 individuals who helped her in “filling out online forms” and “submitting paperwork” to get the vaccine.

Griffith bought vaccinated in New York City’s Staten Island borough, which is within the metropolis well being division’s Phase 1B for vaccine roll-out. That implies that at the moment, well being care employees, grocery retailer staffers, residents over 65, and academics are eligible to be vaccinated. As a SoulCycle teacher, Griffith is just not eligible in New York City, however she instructed information retailers that she claimed on her types that she is an “educator” who’s working to “keep my community and their respiratory systems operating at full capacity so they can beat this virus if they are infected by it.”

Griffith was closely criticized within the feedback of her Instagram submit earlier than she took it down. People rightly needed to know why she bought a vaccine forward of people that want it due to their age, pre-existing well being circumstances, or dangerous job environments. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio even addressed the scandal throughout a press convention over the weekend.

“Doesn’t sound like someone who should’ve gotten vaccinated to me,” he mentioned. “I don’t think someone who shows up and says, ‘Hey, I’m a SoulCycle instructor,’ should have qualified unless there’s some other factor there.”

SoulCycle has launched an announcement distancing itself from Griffith and discouraging its workers from claiming to be educators with a purpose to get vaccinated.

“Stacey Griffith operated in a personal capacity in applying for a NY State COVID-19 vaccine,” the assertion learn. “SoulCycle plays no role in organizing or obtaining vaccinations for instructors or other employees nor do we encourage any of our SoulCycle employees to seek vaccine priority as educators.”

SoulCycle’s CEO despatched a memo to staffers that learn, “… SoulCycle instructors do not qualify as educators to receive the vaccine based solely on their roles at SoulCycle and should not be attempting to receive the vaccine unless they are otherwise eligible to do so, based on appropriate state regulations.”

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