Elmo is ecstatic after receiving his first COVID-19 vaccine in an all-new public service announcement.
One of America’s favorite Muppets is the star of the new campaign aimed at getting young children vaccinated. In early June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended vaccine eligibility for children five and under. Infants as young as six months old have been approved to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Elmo appeared in the PSA with his dad, Louie, who shared he had a lot of questions concerning the shot. Louie echoed the concerns of many parents who question whether or not the vaccine is the right decision for their child. However, the beloved puppet’s dad ensured viewers that he spoke with Elmo’s pediatrician before choosing to get Elmo immunized.
Sesame Workshop senior vice-president of US social impact Jeanette Betancourt hopes that families seeing the new messaging will ease concerns among both parents and children.
“We hope that Louie and Elmo will inspire parents and caregivers across the country to speak with their healthcare providers and seek out information to learn about how the Covid-19 vaccines can keep young children and their families healthy,” Betancourt said in a statement.
Elmo is just the latest Sesame Street star to get the vaccination. In November, Big Bird received the shot and tweeted that while his wings felt “a little sore,” he was happy to give his fluffy body “an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.”