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Sesame Street’s Big Bird vaccination announcement draws backlash from GOP

The announcement from Sesame Street character that he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 has caused some negativity amongst conservatives.

“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,” the eight-foot two-inch Muppet wrote on Twitter. “Ms. @EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!”

Big Bird has been on Sesame Street for many years; however, his character has remained 6-years-old. 6–11-year-old children became eligible or the vaccine in October.

“Government propaganda…for your 5 year old!,” Sen. Cruz tweeted. “Brainwashing children who are not at risk from COVID. Twisted,” Lisa Boothe of Fox News wrote. Robbie Starbuck, a Republican running for Congress in Tennessee, joked about Big Bird dying from the shot, saying “*7 days later* Big blood clot Bird is served!.”

Many others were happy to see Big Bird’s tweet, thanking “Sesame Street” for discussing the shot. Many users also shared clips from decades ago in which the yellow puppet introduced to concept of vaccination to the show’s audience. Lance Ulanoff Tweeted; “Pretty sure I saw you get your first one.  You’ve been setting an example for a long time.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NPR

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