Sesame Street’s Big Bird is facing backlash after participating in a virtual town hall promoting the COVID-19 vaccine to children following FDA authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11 years to receive.
On Saturday, Big Bird announced that he received the COVID-19 vaccine.
“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,” Big Bird wrote on Twitter.
The tweet came as a part of a virtual town hall hosted by CNN’s Erica Hill and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Various characters from “Sesame Street” took part in the town hall, including three-year-old Elmo who does not meet the current age requirements to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite the adverse reactions from conservatives, Big Bird received praise from President Joe Biden who tweeted, “Good on ya, @BigBird. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe.”