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First Lady Jill Biden thanked Sesame Street's Elmo for getting the COVID-19 vaccine Friday, before visiting youngsters in Virginia getting their jabs. 

'Our friend Elmo and his dad, Louie, talked to their pediatrician and learned that getting the vaccine is the best way to keep Elmo and the whole Sesame Street neighborhood safe and healthy!' the first lady tweeted.

'So, reach out to your pediatrician to get the answers you need.'

Her compliment comes as Sen. Ted Cruz continued to complain about Sesame Street using Elmo to encourage child vaccinations. 

'Corporate media having fun pretending I’m in a fight with the red furry muppet Elmo,' he tweeted Friday. 'Nope. My disagreement is with the woke people with their hands up his a** using a puppet to spread dishonest government propaganda to toddlers.' 

First Lady Jill Biden comforts 22-month-old Rosalee Spangler at a vaccination clinic Friday in Richmond, Virginia 

Earlier Friday, the first lady cheered on Elmo from Sesame Street for revealing he had received his COVID-19 vaccine. Elmo is supposed to be 3 years-old 

Sen. Ted Cruz complained about Elmo pushing vaccines on Tuesday and did so again Friday writing: My disagreement is with the woke people with their hands up his a** using a puppet to spread dishonest government propaganda to toddlers'

First Lady Jill Biden bends down to sing Happy Birthday to Henry Crowder, 3, of Richmond at a vaccination clinic on Friday 

'The relief is finally here – a vaccine for our youngest children,' Dr. Jill Biden told parents of children under five at a vaccination clinic in Richmond, Virginia Friday 

First Lady Jill Biden (right) greets Matthew Morgan and his almost 11-month-old Avery (left), as they wait for Avery to receive his first COVID-19 vaccination

Biden traveled to Richmond, Virginia to a Henrico County vaccination clinic where babies and toddlers were getting COVID-19 vaccines, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention greenlit the shots for the youngest category of Americans last month.  

'The relief is finally here – a vaccine for our youngest children,' she said. 

'Parents, this is your choice and we want you to have all the information you need to make that choice,' the first lady added, referring them to the CDC's website. 

Biden was photographed consoling at least one crying little girl. 

'I promise it doesn't hurt and I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to shots,' the first lady told one family. 

When Biden received her series of shots she did so without cameras present, because of her fear of needles.

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Still, she has traveled around to vaccination clinics around the country urging Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. 

She cheered on Elmo because he's part of the youngest demo. 

The muppet, who has been on Sesame Street for decades, is only supposed to be 3 years old. 

On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz shared the same Elmo tweet as Dr. Biden - complaining that the children's television show was 'aggresively advocated' vaccinated children five and under - claiming there's 'zero scientific evidence' that they need to be vaccinated. 

Cruz referred people to his website and a letter he and other Republican lawmakers had written in early June questioning Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf and members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee on the need for COVID vaccines for those under five to be approved under an Emergency Use Authorization.

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Polio Virus ID'd In Wastewater In NYC In New Sign Disease Is Spreading

The polio virus has been found in New York City's wastewater in the latest sign that the disease is spreading.

The New York City Health Department made the announcement on Friday, Aug. 12 after the virus was detected in sewage, suggesting likely local circulation of polio. 

“For every one case of paralytic polio identified, hundreds more may be undetected,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “The detection of poliovirus in wastewater samples in New York City is alarming, but not surprising." 

These findings follow the identification of a case of paralytic polio among a Rockland County resident on July 21, and the detection of poliovirus in wastewater samples collected in May, June, and July in Rockland and Orange counties – underscoring the urgency for all to stay up to date with the polio immunization schedule, health officials said.

  • Earlier Story: Rockland County Polio Case May Be 'Tip Of Iceberg,' State Health Commissioner Warns

As of Monday, Aug. 1, Rockland County has a polio vaccination rate of 60.34 percent and Orange County has a polio vaccination rate of 58.68 percent, compared to the statewide average of 78.96 percent, among children who have received three polio immunizations before their second birthday, officials said. 

Polio can lead to permanent paralysis of the arms and legs and can be fatal due to paralysis in the muscles used to breathe or swallow. 

The most important way for children and adults to protect themselves from polio is to get vaccinated right away if they have not received all recommended polio vaccine doses, health officials said.

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Most adults do not need the polio vaccine because they were already vaccinated as children, they added.

People who are unvaccinated or are unsure if they have been immunized should receive a total of three doses if starting the vaccine series after age four.

For additional information about the vaccine, click here.

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