As the conversation surrounding parents having their young children vaccinated against COVID-19 continues, Sesame Street released a new PSA on Tuesday, announcing that Elmo is now vaccinated against the virus. According to CNN, the announcement was issued by Sesame Workshop, which is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. In the announcement, Elmo appears alongside his father Louie as he describes his experience of getting the vaccine. With the announcement geared towards encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated, Louie then says,
“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.” Jeanette Betancourt, the Senior Vice President of US social Impact at Sesame Workshop spoke on the announcement and said,
“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.”
Earlier this month, the age requirement for children who could receive the vaccine decreased as the US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to be administered to children as young as six months. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also signed off on vaccinations for children under the age of five. Following the release of the PSA, Elmo quickly began to trend on social media as people shared their thoughts about the message.