NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — United States Senator Ted Cruz-R, TX called a Tweet — sent out from Sesame Street’s fictional Big Bird character this past weekend — “Government propaganda for your 5-year-old.”
On November 6 the @BigBird Twitter account sent out the messages advocating for COVID-19 vaccine’s for children.READ MORE: Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy Out For Thursday Night's Game At Saints Due To Positive COVID-19 Test
“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,” read the tweet.
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.
Ms. @EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!
— Big Bird (@BigBird) November 6, 2021
Later that same evening, Cruz posted the following tweet.
Government propaganda…for your 5 year old! https://t.co/lKUlomnpq1
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 6, 2021
The exchange came less than a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine for children ages 5-11 on November 2.
According to CBS News, campaigns to encourage people get important vaccinations are not new. In fact, in 1956, Elvis Presley encouraged young Americans to get the polio vaccine by getting his shot before the press, ahead of an appearance “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Big Bird has encouraged people to get important vaccines before as well. In 1972, the character took part in a “Don’t wait, vaccinate” segment, encouraging people to get the measles vaccine.READ MORE: Dylan Molina Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter In Death Off-Duty Euless Detective Alex Cervantes, Bond Set At $300K
President Biden also reacted to the @BigBird tweet on Twitter as well. “Good on ya, @BigBird. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe.”
Good on ya, @BigBird. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 8, 2021
On Sunday, Cruz tweeted an animated image of a Big Bird look-alike kicking down a door along with the comment, “Big Bird coming to vaccinate your kids.”
Big Bird coming over to vaccinate your kids. pic.twitter.com/LQODCO3GKg
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2021
On November 3rd Dallas County Health and Human Services started the next chapter of COVID-19 vaccinations when the public health agency kicked off a mini-vaccination clinic for children ages 5 to 11. More than 30 families lined up for CDC-approved Pfizer vaccine doses designed for younger children.
The City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD also launched a large scale pop-up clinic.
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