WATCH: Dolly Parton Receives Her First Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine
Almost a year after donating her own money to fund the COVID-19 vaccine, Dolly Parton received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday.
The 75-year-old country star documented the moment in a video posted to social media, where she encouraged anyone eligible to get the shot as soon as they could.
“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate,” she sang in the tune of her hit song “Jolene.” “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, ’cause once you’re dead then that’s a bit too late.”
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 2, 2021
Parton received the vaccine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, administered by her friend Dr. Naji Abumrad. They two first met in 2013 after Parton was admitted to the emergency room after a car accident.
Last April, Parton announced that she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt to help fund three different pandemic-related research projects, one being the Moderna vaccine. The director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt, Mark Denison, told NPR that the Grammy winner’s donation helped researchers develop a “high-quality test” for use during the vaccine trials.
“I’ve been waiting a while,” Parton revealed in the video. She had been in line to receive on since December. “I’m old enough to get it and I’m smart enough to get it.”
Last month, Parton said that she waited to get her shot so more people would be able to get theirs, she didn’t want people to think that she cut the line just because he donated the money to help fund it.
“When I get it, I’ll probably do it on camera so people will know and I’ll them the the truth, if I have symptoms and all that. Hopefully it’ll encourage people. I’m not going to jump the line just because I could,” Parton said last month.
“So I just wanted to say to all you cowards out there, don’t be such a chicken squat,” she said in the video. “Get out there and get your shot.”