Dolly Parton Gets First Shot of COVID-19 Vaccine

March 3, 2021
Dolly Parton Gets First Shot of COVID-19 Vaccine

“I’m finally gonna get my vaccine, I’m so excited!” country legend Dolly Parton told her 4 million followers on Tuesday. “I’m old enough to get it, and I’m smart enough to get it, so I’m very happy that I’m gonna get my Moderna shot today. And I wanted to tell everybody that you should go out there and do it, too.”

As some fans may recall, Parton made a $1 million donation in November 2020 to Dr. Naji Abumrad and Vanderbilt’s COVID research team – in turn, the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund was credited as one of the key benefactors of the 94.5%-effective Moderna shot. Bringing the story full circle, Dr. Abumrad was the one administered Parton’s vaccine on Tuesday.

In an almost four-minute clip, Parton also rewords her hit “Jolene” to “Vaccine,” and adds, “I know I’m trying to be funny now, but I’m dead serious about the vaccine. I think we all want to get back to normal, whatever that is, and that would be a great shot in the arm, wouldn’t it?”

Parton is also sure to call out the wave of misinformation around the vaccine, noting, “To all of you cowards out there: don’t be such a chicken squat, get out there and get your shot. That’s my message to you.”

Parton joins the ranks of fellow vaccinated musicians like Del McCoury, Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson and more.

Watch the full clip below: