On Saturday morning, longtime vaccine proponent Big Bird announced on Twitter that he had received his COVID-19 vaccine. But not everyone was happy for the giant yellow-winged Sesame Street character, especially Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Big Bird’s tweet read, “My feather hurts a bit, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.”
Cruz, who declined, expressed his displeasure by responding to Big Bird’s tweet, calling it “government propaganda… for your 5-year-old!”
A Twitter account user, Muppet Vicki, posted a 1972 video of Big Bird showing people waiting in line in front of a sign that read, “Don’t wait—vaccinate” and then in line. Going on to get involved, proving that Big Bird has been supporting vaccines for years.
Walter Schaub, the former director of the US Office of Government Ethics, also responded to Cruz’s Twitter trolling by reminding him that “you have been vaccinated.”
At CNN’s Saturday Morning Family Town Hall, Big Bird and the other “Sesame Street” characters appeared for “The ABCs of the Covid Vaccine.” The characters, along with CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta and anchor Erica Hill, answered questions that families might have about a COVID vaccine for children.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 late last month.