As teachers struggle to get the COVID vaccine so that they can return safely to school, a celebrity SoulCycle instructor hopped the line by calling herself an ‘educator.’
SoulCycle celebrity instructor, Stacey Griffith drove to Staten Island's coronavirus vaccination site on Friday and was able to make a case for why she should receive a dose of the Moderna vaccine. Why was she able to cut the line? The 52-year-old was an "educator" as she told the Daily Beast.
“In my profession of health and wellness as a teacher, it’s my priority daily to keep my community and their respiratory systems operating at full capacity so they can beat this virus if they are infected by it,” she told the publication. “I can only teach to them if I am healthy myself.”
After posting on Instagram about how she received the “step one of the Moderna magic,” the fitness coach was immediately met with criticism from her own fans and even Mayor Bill de Blasio for getting the vaccine.
“It doesn’t sound like someone who should’ve gotten vaccinated to me,” de Blasio said at a news conference on Sunday. “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. That should have been caught in the application process.”
On Monday, Griffith apologized for a “terrible error in judgment.” “I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for my recent action in receiving the vaccine,” Griffith wrote. “I made a terrible error in judgment and for that I am truly sorry.”