“Sesame Street” has introduced a new video featuring its popular character Elmo promoting the COVID-19 vaccine to children under 5, but not everyone is pleased with the stance that the children’s TV program has taken on vaccinations.
The video showcases Elmo talking to his father about the COVID-19 vaccine, saying that it felt like “a little pinch, but it was OK.”
Elmo’s father tells viewers, “I had a lot of questions about Elmo getting the Covid vaccine. Was it safe? Was it the right decision? “I talked to our pediatrician so I could make the right choice. I learned that Elmo getting vaccinated is the best way to keep himself, our friends, neighbors, and everyone else healthy and enjoying the things they love.”
It's okay to have questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children! Elmo's dad Louie talked to their pediatrician, and learned that Elmo getting vaccinated is the best way to keep him and his whole neighborhood safe and healthy! #CaringForEachOther pic.twitter.com/aWkCfysJPE
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) June 28, 2022
While the video is seemingly meant to show kids under 5 that they don’t have to be afraid of the shot and that questions about getting vaccinated against the virus are totally normal, social media users had other feelings about it.
Many on Twitter suggested that the COVID vaccine would cause additional health issues for Elmo.
Looking forward to the follow-up episode “Elmo’s First Heart Attack”.
Elmo’s Dad Louie explains to hospitalised Elmo that heart attacks are a normal part of development and in no way related to the jab he had a few days prior.
— aGrizzlyBear ⚡ ️ (@agrizzlybear) June 29, 2022
— ___ Shandi ___ (@FuckTrudy) June 29, 2022
Why did you hide my tweet Sesame Street?? pic.twitter.com/ERfYDMV4fH
— Five Times August (@FiveTimesAugust) June 28, 2022
Others thought that “Sesame Street” was out of line for promoting the medical advice.
Children’s shows should not be providing medical direction.
— Al (@akur01) June 30, 2022
I remember when Sesame Street was cool. Now they are just another shill for the mainstream narrative training kids with propaganda. What a shame. Jim Henson would NOT approve.
— _ Sir Lord Joel Comm _ (@joelcomm) June 28, 2022
I miss the days when @sesamestreet taught shapes and letters
— AmyGinTexas (@AmyGinTexas) June 28, 2022
This is hideous. Will Elmo be pushing Ritalin or adrenal next? Is Sesame Street the new pharmaceutical arm of the government?
— Pandora's Box (@pandoras_box15) June 29, 2022
Still, others were no longer going to allow “Sesame Street” to be watched in their home.
Oh thats it. Banning sesame street from my household __
— Bobby Doyon (@bobby_doyon) June 28, 2022
I never thought I’d have to turn off Sesame Street.
— BigCloverCock (@HopperTripp) June 28, 2022
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also weighed in on the Elmo video, criticizing “Sesame Street” for what he said was “ZERO scientific evidence” for “vaccinating children under five.”
Thanks, @sesamestreet for saying parents are allowed to have questions!
You then have @elmo aggressively advocate for vaccinating children UNDER 5.
But you cite ZERO scientific evidence for this. Learn more:https://t.co/Ss20TmFTSB https://t.co/tr67QyfRyC
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 28, 2022
But not everyone was not opposed to “Sesame Street’s” view of kids vaccines. Many on Twitter showed their support of the pro-COVID vaccine video.
This is why I love Sesame Street so much
— _ Edward Sanchez (@edwardistheman) June 28, 2022
Thank you for sharing Elmo. So glad you have such a smart and knowledgeable dad. Medicine is a wonderful thing. Stay safe Elmo.
— I Vote Pro Choice _____ (@CarbonesGov) June 28, 2022
THIS is how to raise kids. https://t.co/wvrfE99Oeg
— __ ️ _ Hot AsianXXX Commie __ (@a_space_alien) June 29, 2022
Elmo, who is cast as 3 years old, is in the under 5 age group of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines that were recently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the youngest children.