The disgraced SoulCycle instructor who cut in front of senior citizens and first responders to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in New York City has been pictured at work in Miami.
Stacey Griffith, 52, was back in the saddle on Saturday afternoon, leading a class of fitness fanatics through a grueling workout on stationary bikes at the Miami Beach SoulCycle.
Griffith has been keeping a low profile in recent weeks after she caused outrage by boasting on social media that she had received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine in the Big Apple.
On January 29, Griffith said she was eligible for the vaccine under the state’s ‘1B’ grouping, which includes teachers, because of her work as a spin instructor.
However, a New York City Health Department official subsequently clarified that spin instructors were not eligible for a shot in the 1B group, which also includes police officers, grocery store workers, firefighters and people over 65.
SoulCycle instructor Stacey Griffith – who cut in front of senior citizens and first responders to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in New York City- has been pictured at work in Miami
Griffith, 52, was back in the saddle on Saturday afternoon, leading a class of fitness fanatics through a grueling workout on stationary bikes at the Miami Beach SoulCycle
Griffith flew in to Florida from New York City earlier this week, and she is scheduled to instruct another class at the Miami Beach SoulCycle on Sunday, Febuary 14.
She will then fly back to her home in Manhattan, where she will undertake a mandatory quarantine before resuming her New York City classes on Saturday, February 20.
Last month, Griffith was blasted on social media and elsewhere after she posted that she’d gotten her first COVID vaccine shot. She said she traveled an hour from Manhattan to Staten Island to get the shot.
After the blowback, Griffith, who has trained Kelly Ripa, Demi Lovato and Brooke Shields, took to social media to say she’d made a mistake.
‘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,’ she said on Instagram.
Last month, Griffith was blasted on social media and elsewhere after she posted that she’d gotten her first COVID vaccine shot
Griffith flew in to Florida from New York City earlier this week, and she is scheduled to instruct another class at the Miami Beach SoulCycle on Sunday, Febuary 14
Griffith is one of SoulCycle’s most famous instructors, and she boasts an A-list clientele
After the news broke, SoulCycle told DailyMail.com that she was operating in a ‘personal capacity’ when she applied for the shot.
‘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,’ a company spokesman said.
The drama surrounding Griffith kicked off on January 29 when she posted about receiving her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Instagram.
‘VACCINE DAY! Step one of the Moderna magic!! One hour drive to STATEN ISLAND worth every minute! It takes a village,’ read the post, which has since been deleted.
Commenters immediately seized on the announcement, calling it tone-deaf given the scarcity of vaccines in the city and state.
‘My wife is a stage 4 cancer patient who has to deal with the fear and risk of going into a hospital cancer center weekly, while immunosuppressed, during COVID, in order to receive the treatment that is keeping her alive,’ wrote Gabrielle Novacek, a Chicago-based consultant commented.
‘She is at least 2-3 months out from being eligible for a vaccine.
The drama surrounding Griffith kicked off on January 29 when she posted about receiving her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Instagram (pictured)
Griffith last month apologized on Instagram after being hammered for getting the vaccine as part of group 1B – calling herself a ‘teacher’
Griffith (second left), who has trained Kelly Ripa (left), Hota Kotb (second right), Demi Lovato and Brooke Shields, had said she took no shortcuts to secure the vaccine appointment
Griffith has also worked with talk show legend Oprah Winfrey (above together in 2014)
‘Having me vaccinated can stop the short spread within groups!’ she said, via text.
‘I function as a common point for many overlapping people. 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. I can only teach to them if I am healthy myself.’
Griffith added that she ‘had the same opportunity everyone else has by going online and filling out a questionnaire’ and insisted that she pulled ‘no favors, I paid no money to anyone’.
‘All teachers are eligible to apply for the vaccine. My post today was to show my confidence in the system, in our government, and I hope everyone can at least feel more at ease knowing I went through the process!’ she added.
A spokesperson for the New York City Mayor’s office told The Daily Beast: ‘Under Phase 1B, celebrity cycling instructors are ineligible for vaccination.’
Griffith with girlfriend Michelle Smith, a fashion designer, attend the New York City Ballet 2019
Earlier this month, a former SoulCycle staffer spoke out against Griffith, calling her a ‘narcissist with a huge God complex’ in an interview with Page Six.
The ex-colleague, who spoke on condition on anonymity, said the vaccine ploy was ‘completely in line with Stacey’s character’, adding: ‘She operates entirely from a narcissistic standpoint.’
Meanwhile, in November last year, Griffith was one of those who faced accusations of demanding behavior from former colleagues at SoulCycle.
A bombshell investigative report from Business Insider detailed a trove of accusations from current and former riders, studio workers and corporate employees against the fitness brand’s top instructors.
Lauren Zuckerman, who worked on the front desk and as a key holder at the Tribeca studio, said Griffith made her cry because she was so ‘stressed out’. She said Griffith responded by saying: ‘OK, she’s not allowed to work here anymore when I’m teaching.’
Zuckerman also told Insider Griffith would throw her microphone at employees if it wasn’t working, would get front-desk staff to do her groceries and dry cleaning, and would ‘yell at us’ if there was an empty seat in one of her classes.
She claimed staff would have to jump on a bike to fill an empty seat up to three times a day to prevent being shouted at.
The former instructor, who taught in New York for six years, also told Insider Griffith was known for her ‘Hollywood’ demands.
When she raised concerns about Griffith and Cole’s behavior, Zuckerman said she was told it was part of the job, Insider reported.