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Sesame Street’s Big Bird got COVID-19 vaxxed and a US senator is calling it ‘propaganda’

By AYIE LICSI Published Nov 08, 2021 3:27 pm

Sesame Street's Big Bird excitedly shared on Nov. 6 that he finally got his COVID-19 vaccine.

Days after the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for kids aged five to 11, the perpetually six-year-old Big Bird got his jab.

Parents replied to the beloved childhood character's tweet sharing how their kids got their COVID-19 shots while others cracked jokes about bird vaccine methodology and shared memes.

Aside from the positive responses, the tweet also sparked backlash among conservatives and anti-vaxxers. Most notably, US Senator Ted Cruz called it "government propaganda for your five-year-old."

In the past, however, Big Bird has always been pro-vaccine and encouraged kids to get their shots. Some adults even tweeted about remembering the yellow mascot's first vaccine statement in 1972.

Elmo, another Sesame Street character, also announced that he'll be getting his COVID-19 jab soon.