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.”
Watch the full clip below: