Soulcycle instructor Stacey Griffith issued a groveling apology after bragging about getting herself a Covid vaccine by saying she was an ‘educator’ (Picture: Getty)
An indoor cycling instructor at an elite gym has issued a groveling apology after she boasted of getting a Covid vaccine by saying she was an ‘educator.’ Stacey Griffith said sorry for traveling to Staten Island in New York to get a dose of the Moderna shot, despite ongoing supply shortages for the sick and vulnerable.
Griffith, an instructor at the high-end SoulCycle indoor cycling group, took to Instagram and wrote: ‘I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for my recent action in receiving the vaccine. I made a terrible error in judgment and for that I am truly sorry.’
The fitness fanatic disabled the reply function under her post, after being deluged with criticism over her earlier vaccine brag. Sharing news of her injection last month, she wrote: ‘Now I can teach @soulcycle with a little more faith that we’re all gonna be ok if we get the (vaccine).’
Griffith later told The Daily Beast that her role as an ‘educator’ had qualified her for the shot. But scores of angry New Yorkers – including the city’s mayor Bill DeBlasio – blasted Griffith for likening herself to the city’s schoolteachers, who are among priority groups for vaccine doses.
Three New Yorkers are pictured after receiving their Covid vaccines in Brooklyn. Griffith was able to bag hers despite ongoing shortages across the Big Apple, and every other US state (Picture: AP)
DeBlasio said: ‘Doesn’t sound like someone who should have gotten vaccinated to me. 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.’
SoulCycle have also sought to distance themselves from the scandal, saying that Griffith had applied for the vaccine in a ‘personal capacity.’
The United States has so-far administered 35 million vaccine doses, but all 50 states are experiencing shortages, with vulnerable people, the elderly and frontline workers only eligible so-far.
New York – where Griffith bagged her vaccine – has given just over 8% of its population one of the two shots that makes up the vaccine, according to Bloomberg.
The US has recorded more than 26.5million Covid cases, and close to 451,000 deaths.
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