V is for vaccine: Sesame Street’s Elmo gets Covid-19 shot

  • The three-and-a-half-year-old Muppet, is the latest to receive the Covid-19 vaccine after the CDC’s approval of the shot for children under five
  • In a public service announcement video, the iconic star shared his experience getting the vaccine
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Everyone’s favourite red Muppet, has received the Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: AP

V is for vaccine.

Elmo got a Covid-19 vaccine Tuesday, according to Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organisation behind “Sesame Street.”

In a public service announcement posted to YouTube, the beloved three-and-a-half-year-old “Sesame Street” star talked with his dad about what it was like to get the shot.

“There was a little pinch, but it was OK,” Elmo said in the video.

Elmo’s dad said he had a lot of questions for the paediatrician, who assured him that vaccinations are safe and effective for children.

“Was it safe? Was it the right decision?′ I talked to our paediatrician so I could make the right choice,” Louie said in the PSA. “I learned that Elmo getting vaccinated is the best way to keep himself, our friends, neighbours and everyone else healthy and enjoying the things they love.”

Covid-19 vaccinations for the youngest Americans started last week. That means US kids under 5 – roughly 18 million youngsters – are eligible for the shots.

US regulators authorised shots from Moderna and Pfizer. The Moderna vaccine is two doses and the Pfizer shot is three.

Last November, Big Bird got vaccinated – sparking criticism from some conservative politicians. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, called it “government propaganda”.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention advises vaccination even for those who already had Covid-19 to protect against reinfection, and says it is OK to get other vaccines at the same time.

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