Lifestyle Health Elmo Gets His COVID-19 Vaccine in New Public Service Announcement In a new PSA, the Sesame Street character’s father Louie says, “Elmo getting vaccinated is the best way to keep himself, our friends, neighbors and everyone else healthy” By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 29, 2022 03:09PM EDT Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Sesame Street/YouTube Elmo received his COVID-19 vaccine. On Tuesday, Sesame Street released a new public service announcement in which the red Muppet, who is meant to be 3 years old, said there was "a little pinch, but it was okay" when getting the shot. His father Louie said his son was "super-duper" while getting the vaccination, which recently became widely available for children under five in the United States. Youngest Kids May Get Moderna, Pfizer COVID Vaccines As Early as Tuesday In the clip, Louie revealed that he spoke to a doctor before allowing Elmo to get immunized. "I had a lot of questions about Elmo getting the covid vaccine. Was it safe? Was it the right decision? I talked to our pediatrician so I could make the right choice," he explained. He added, "I learned that Elmo getting vaccinated is the best way to keep himself, our friends, neighbors and everyone else healthy and enjoying the things they love," he added. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Maintains He's 'Not Going to Order' COVID Vaccines for Young Children Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration said parents and caregivers can "have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of these COVID-19 vaccines." After the PSA was released, Texas Senator Ted Cruz — who is vaccinated himself and said he supports the vaccine, just not federal mandates — criticized Sesame Street for having Elmo "aggressively advocate for vaccinating children UNDER 5."