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Teachers at private $30,000-a-year North Hollywood academy were given COVID-19 vaccines – Daily Mail

Teachers at a wealthy private high school in North Hollywood were able to get COVID-19 vaccines more than two weeks before other educators were given the green light by local health officials.

Educators at the Wesley School, where tuition can range from $28,460 to $32,020, were tapped by the Northridge Hospital Medical Center to get immunized from the virus through what they described as a ‘special program.’ 

‘Many parents have expressed concern for the well-being of our teachers in these challenging times,’ school administration said in a Tuesday statement, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

‘Therefore, we wanted to share that through a special program for essential workers and educators, all Wesley employees who wanted to be vaccinated were able to take advantage of an offer last week and received their first dose.’

Educators at the Wesley School, where tuition can range from $28,460 to $32,020, were tapped by the Northridge Hospital Medical Center to get immunized

Educators at the Wesley School, where tuition can range from $28,460 to $32,020, were tapped by the Northridge Hospital Medical Center to get immunized

Educators at the Wesley School, where tuition can range from $28,460 to $32,020, were tapped by the Northridge Hospital Medical Center to get immunized

The update continued: ‘As you can imagine, this is incredibly significant for our faculty and staff as we continue with our return to school rollout.’

The special program has raised eyebrows for educators from other schools in the area, who wonder how the teachers were chosen given the shortage of vaccines. 

Who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles County

 Los Angeles received only 16,000 doses of vaccine this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said, despite having administered just over 13,000 doses per day in recent weeks. The city has so far delivered 293,000 shots among its 4 million residents.

First injections of the Moderna vaccine will run out Thursday evening, the mayor added, with sites including the Dodgers baseball stadium — one of the nation’s largest such operations — not expected to reopen until Tuesday earliest.

Until then, inoculation services in surrounding Los Angeles county will be restricted to second shots.

So far, only health workers, nursing home residents, and residents over 65 are eligible to receive the vaccine in the county.

Even so, health authorities have announced plans to extend vaccination to other ‘essential’ professions, including teachers, within the next two to three weeks.

Northridge Hospital Medical Center said ‘tens of thousands’ of healthcare workers and seniors have been vaccinated, CBS Los Angeles reports. They added that they reached out to both private and public schools to see if teachers wanted access to the 100 doses they had left over. 

The elite school added in a statement that it was ‘grateful to be contacted’ for the program. 

‘We firmly believe that vaccinating educators is critical to returning students to in-person learning. We were therefore grateful to be contacted by a local hospital in January indicating that it was creating a list of teachers and other essential workers who wished to be vaccinated when the vaccine became available,’ the school said in a statement attributed to Interim Head of School Julie Galles.

‘When the hospital notified us that vaccine was available, some of our teachers scheduled appointments and received the first dose of the vaccine. We strongly urge public health officials to prioritize vaccination for all educators.’

Galles would also tell the Times that while there were those teachers who took the hospital’s vaccine, others actually fell within the actual criteria to get the vaccine in Los Angeles County.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, a public district, turned down the opportunity to have their teachers vaccinated through the program. 

‘We sought clarification from the Los Angeles County Health Department as to whether vaccine doses are only available to teachers over the age of 65, consistent with current guidelines, or if Northridge Hospital was operating under a different set of rules that would allow any teacher to be vaccinated regardless of age,’ the district said in a statement.

‘The County confirmed that currently vaccines are only available for healthcare workers and those over 65 and thanked us for following proper procedures. The County is looking into this issue.’

Facing a severe vaccine shortage, Los Angeles moved to temporarily close five major inoculation centers including its giant Dodger Stadium site Thursday, even as California this week topped the nation’s pandemic death toll. 

Northridge Hospital Medical Center said 'tens of thousands' of healthcare workers and seniors have been vaccinated. They added that they reached out to both private and public schools to see if teachers wanted access to the 100 doses they had left over

Northridge Hospital Medical Center said 'tens of thousands' of healthcare workers and seniors have been vaccinated. They added that they reached out to both private and public schools to see if teachers wanted access to the 100 doses they had left over

Northridge Hospital Medical Center said ‘tens of thousands’ of healthcare workers and seniors have been vaccinated. They added that they reached out to both private and public schools to see if teachers wanted access to the 100 doses they had left over

Los Angeles received only 16,000 doses of vaccine this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said, despite having administered just over 13,000 doses per day in recent weeks. The city has so far delivered 293,000 shots among its 4 million residents.

First injections of the Moderna vaccine will run out Thursday evening, the mayor added, with sites including the Dodgers baseball stadium — one of the nation’s largest such operations — not expected to reopen until Tuesday earliest.

Until then, inoculation services in surrounding Los Angeles county will be restricted to second shots.

So far, only health workers, nursing home residents, and residents over 65 are eligible to receive the vaccine in the county.

Even so, health authorities have announced plans to extend vaccination to other ‘essential’ professions, including teachers, within the next two to three weeks.

‘It’s always going to be hard when you have scarcity to figure out who goes first,’ L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said about essential workers getting access to the vaccine.

Most Los Angeles schools have been closed since last March due to the pandemic, with political and public pressure to reopen schools mounting.

Despite a recent sharp decline in statewide cases, California this week surpassed New York as the US state with most reported Covid deaths.

While New York was hit severely in the pandemic’s early months, California — the nation’s most populous state — became a major Covid-19 infection epicenter this winter.

More than 45,000 Californians have died due to coronavirus.  

NYC SoulCycle instructor Stacey Griffith, who cut the COVID-19 vaccine line because she claimed to be a ‘teacher’, is offering classes on Miami’s South Beach 

Stacey Griffith, 52, sparked outrage last month after she bragged about jumping the line to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the Big Apple, despite not being eligible under city rules. 

She is now traveling back and forth between New York City and Miami, holding SoulCycle classes in both places.  

Griffith’s scheduling profile on the SoulCycle website shows she is offering her classes in tony South Beach, Miami, on February 12, 13 and 14.  

She’s also slated to teach classes in New York City on the afternoon of the 11th – the day before her apparent arrival in Florida – at noon and at 1.15pm in NYC’s Hudson Yards neighborhood. 

Stacey Griffith (pictured), the celebrity SoulCycle instruction in New York City who sparked outrage last month when she cut the COVID-19 vaccine queue by claiming to be a 'teacher', is now offering spin classes in Miami, according to her schedule on the cycling website

Stacey Griffith (pictured), the celebrity SoulCycle instruction in New York City who sparked outrage last month when she cut the COVID-19 vaccine queue by claiming to be a 'teacher', is now offering spin classes in Miami, according to her schedule on the cycling website

Stacey Griffith (pictured), the celebrity SoulCycle instruction in New York City who sparked outrage last month when she cut the COVID-19 vaccine queue by claiming to be a ‘teacher’, is now offering spin classes in Miami, according to her schedule on the cycling website

After her time in Florida, she’s not listed on the SoulCycle schedule again until February 20, when she returns to New York to give a 5.15pm class, according to the website.

The six-day hiatus appears to be a bid to adhere to New York State’s quarantine rules, which require anyone who is out of the state for more than 24 hours to obtain a negative COVID test within three days of arrival back to New York, then quarantine for three days. 

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. 

Griffith's schedule on the SoulCycle website allows people to register for classes in New York City locations from February 9-11 and then in South Beach on February 12-14

Griffith's schedule on the SoulCycle website allows people to register for classes in New York City locations from February 9-11 and then in South Beach on February 12-14

Griffith’s schedule on the SoulCycle website allows people to register for classes in New York City locations from February 9-11 and then in South Beach on February 12-14

Griffith's schedule shows her as not leading any classes at SoulCycle again until February 20 in New York City, perhaps in a bid to follow the state's strict quarantine rules

Griffith's schedule shows her as not leading any classes at SoulCycle again until February 20 in New York City, perhaps in a bid to follow the state's strict quarantine rules

Griffith’s schedule shows her as not leading any classes at SoulCycle again until February 20 in New York City, perhaps in a bid to follow the state’s strict quarantine rules

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. 

A New York City Health Department official said a spin instructor wouldn’t be eligible for a shot in the 1B group, which also includes police officers, grocery store workers, firefighters and people over 65.

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.

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 (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 (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

‘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, at the time of Griffith’s vaccine, 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.

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