(KomoNews) A public service announcement from Sesame Street dove into the question of whether it’s safe for kids to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
“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,” Elmo’s dad Louie said in the PSA released Tuesday. “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.”
On June 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted authorization for children as young as 6 months old to get the COVID-19 vaccinations.
A few days later, Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci assured COVID vaccines were safe for young children, and that that no “incidents of myocarditis or multi-system inflammatory syndrome of children” had occurred as a result of mRNA COVID vaccines.
FAUCI: “There was no incidence of myocarditis” from Moderna vaccines in children. pic.twitter.com/ecNShbSfij
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 23, 2022
However, there have been incidents of myocarditis and pericarditis in adolescents who have received the mRNA COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) since April 2021, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC).
Fauci has been grilled about the safety of COVID vaccines for kids. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,who is a physician, charged Fauci with failing to establish evidence that COVID vaccines and boosters are more helpful than harmful for adolescents.