CNN Airs Town Hall With Sesame Street to Promote Children’s COVID-19 Vaccination


Over the weekend, CNN aired the latest installment of its “ABCs of COVID-19” town hall-style program made in partnership with Sesame Street Workshop, the non-profit organization that produces the beloved children’s educational program.

This time around, the program discussed the recently approved children’s dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which got the green light from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for patients between the ages of 5-11 last week.

Previously, only vaccines for patients over the age of 12 were recommended.

Characters Elmo, Rosie, and Big Bird joined CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and journalist Erica Hill to field questions from children and parents as well as hear input from medical officials and experts like the U.S. Surgeon General and a doctor who worked on developing one of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Post Millennial reported that when one father asked how to be sure that their child is receiving the proper dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is supposed to be one-third of the dose given to patients over the age of 12, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett assured him simply that the “color of the vial” should be a good indication.

When one child asks if the vaccine is like a “superhero for the villain coronavirus” Dr. Corbett says that, rather, “the vaccine is just your training camp for you to become the superhero.”

When Big Bird’s grandmother joins the program to ask Gupta and Hill about whether there is truth to what she’s heard about how COVID-19 doesn’t “make kids that sick,” she is thrilled when her question is personally answered by the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

Murthy acknowledges that the virus indeed doesn’t make kids that sick, but that it has nonetheless “taken a big toll on our children” and so they should nonetheless get vaccinated.

Gupta seals the deal for Granny Big Bird, however, when he tells her that children can still spread the virus — even to their grandmothers — and so she resolves to get Big Bird, who is six, vaccinated.

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