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Big Bird is one of the first on Sesame Street to get protection against COVID-19 — and while some might question why he’s late to the party … the timing makes sense for his audience.
The 8-foot costumed character made the big announcement on Twitter Saturday — the first time he’s tweeted from his account since March. So, yeah … major development for the reclusive BB.
I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.
Ms. @EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!
— Big Bird (@BigBird) November 6, 2021
Big writes, “I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.” He adds, “Ms. @EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!”
No photo proof or anything showing Mr. Bird getting his jab, but we’ll take him at his word here … and even give him props for spreading the word on vaccine awareness.
It’s happening! @drsanjaygupta and I are back with our friends from @sesamestreet for a new Town Hall answering your Qs. Join @elmo @BigBird Rosita and some special guests TODAY 8:30a ET @cnn. So excited to meet @KizzyPhD! pic.twitter.com/s1Tf1NRGbY
— Erica Hill (@EricaRHill) November 6, 2021
Now, if you’re wondering why he mentioned CNN’s Erica Hill specifically — it’s because she and other CNN personalities hosted a “town hall” Saturday morning called “The ABCs of Vaccines,” which featured a number of ‘Sesame Street’ puppets talking ‘rona and the shot.
Of course, that includes Big Bird too — and the reason they’re all being recruited to even talk about vaccines at all is because the Pfizer jab was just approved for kids between 5 and 11 the other day … and the government is encouraging parents to inoculate their children.
The Covid vaccines for kids are here. Join @DrSanjayGupta, @EricaRHill, @BigBird and friends for The ABCs of Covid Vaccines – A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Families – this morning at 8:30 a.m. EThttps://t.co/Kcjua8x3FE pic.twitter.com/bOgnUEp1z1
— CNN (@CNN) November 6, 2021
So, no Big Bird hasn’t been holding out or “doing his own research” with vaccine hesitancy — it’s just that his core demographic is now eligible, and he wants to encourage them (and their parents) to get it done. Also, he’s apparently only 6 years old or something? 🤷🏽♂️
We’ll see if parents can be swayed or not though … as we’re seeing more and more, many are firmly against vaccinating their kids against COVID, despite Big and co.’s best efforts.