The Sesame Street character encourages vaccinations in adorable PSA


Even Sesame Street‘s residents get shots!

Elmo teamed up with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to encourage kids to get vaccinated. In two PSAs, the lovable puppet learns more about the importance of vaccines, and relies on a famous pop star’s tune to smile through the shot.

In the longer video, produced by The Daily Dot, Dr. Murthy talks to Elmo about germs, and how they make him sick.

“Elmo doesn’t like being sick because Elmo feels bad when Elmo can’t play outside with Elmo’s friends,” the puppet replies.

Dr. Murthy goes on to explain how the antibodies in vaccines work, which Elmo likens to the “best superheroes ever.”

When it comes time for Elmo to get his own vaccination, however, he’s worried about the pain. Dr. Murthy encourages him to sing his favorite song as a distraction. He quickly launches into Taylor Swift‘s mega-hit “Shake It Off.”

“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate,” he adorably croons while the nurse administers the shot.

“That was so easy, why doesn’t everybody get a vaccination,” he asks. Dr. Murthy stares into the camera, replying “That’s a good question Elmo, that’s a good question” – seemingly speaking to anti-vaxxers in the currently raging debate.

In a shorter clip, shared on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s YouTube page the surgeon general similarly assuages Elmo’s fear of shots.

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