Sesame Street character Elmo promotes child COVID-19 jabs

Sesame Street character Elmo promotes child COVID-19 jabs

The long-running children’s program Sesame Street and its most iconic character Elmo have once again been conscripted into promoting the social priorities of the federal government, this time with a social media clip about the furry red Muppet receiving a COVID-19 vaccine to encourage parents to vaccinate their children.

“You were super duper today, getting your COVID vaccine Elmo,” Elmo’s father says in the clip, meant to promote the recently-authorized doses of the Pfizer and Moderna jabs for children as young as six months. “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.”

On June 17, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) formally approved use of Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA-based COVID vaccines for children between the ages of six months and six years, one of the only age groups for which the shots have not yet been approved. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention backed the decision the next day.

Data shows that children are at little to no risk from the virus itself. Last summer, a team of researchers with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine “analyze[d] approximately 48,000 children under 18 diagnosed with Covid in health-insurance data from April to August 2020” and found a “mortality rate of zero among children without a pre-existing medical condition such as leukemia.” The lead researcher, Dr. Marty Makary, accused the CDC of basing its advocacy of school COVID vaccination on “flimsy data.”

In March, it was found that 11,289 cases of pericarditis/myocarditis after COVID vaccination were reported to VAERS database between January 1 and February 25 of this year, which is already 47% of the 24,177 reports for the same submitted in all of 2021.

This is not the first time Sesame Street has been co-opted to push left-wing priorities. Last November, the brand joined left-wing news outlet CNN for “The ABCs of Covid Vaccines — A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Families.” On multiple occasions, the brand has also promoted LGBT “pride.”