In a campaign likely to infuriate anti-vaccination advocates, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy paid a visit to Sesame Street to allay Elmo’s own concerns over keeping a proper vaccine schedule, in a video produced by the Daily Dot.
“I was worried about getting a shot,” the young monster admits to Murthy. “Why does everyone need a vaccination, anyway?”
“Let me ask you this: do you carry an umbrella when it rains?” Murthy responded.
“Of course — Elmo likes to stay dry,” the monster confirmed.
“Do you wear a helmet when you ride a tricycle?” Murthy asked.
“Of course — Elmo wants to stay safe,” he replied.
Just like an umbrella and a helmet act as protection, Murthy explained, vaccines protect people from germs. And despite being afraid at first that the shot would hurt, Elmo found that singing a little song helped him get through it.
“Why doesn’t everybody get a vaccination?” Elmo asked once the process was over.
“That’s a good question, Elmo,” Murthy said. “That’s a good question.”
The video was released alongside a separate 30-second clip as part of a collaboration with Sesame Street and the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Tell all your friends on Sesame Street to get vaccinated, too,” Murthy tells Elmo.
Watch the Daily Dot’s clip clip, as posted by on Friday, below.