Dolly Parton got her COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday, March 2, just a few months after she pledged $1 million dollars to help develop the vaccine at Vanderbilt University.
The singer shared a video of her receiving the first dose of the Moderna vaccine in Nashville at Vanderbilt University on Tuesday (March 2).
“Hey it’s me!” Parton shared in a video posted on social media. “I am finally going to get my vaccine, I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting a while and I’m old enough to get it and i’m smart enough to get it. So I’m very happy to say I’m going to get my Moderna shot today.”
“I wanted to tell everybody you should get out there and do it too,” Parton shared before singing a parodied version of her iconic single “Jolene.” Changing the lyrics to read: “vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, cause once you’re dead then that’s a bit too late.”
Parton continued, “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 good shot in the arm, wouldn’t it, if we could get back to that.”
The legendary country singer then encouraged fans to get out and get their vaccination if they are able to, so that we can be apart of the change, to return to normalcy.
“I wanted to encourage everybody, cause the sooner we get to feeling better, the sooner we are going to get back to normal. So, I just wanted to say to all of you cowards out there, don’t be such a chicken squat, get out there and get your shot.”
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 2, 2021
Following the brief message to fans, Parton’s longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad administered the shot to the iconic singer.
“That didn’t hurt! Just stung a little bit, but that was from the alcohol pad, I think,” Parton commented after Dr. Abumrad gave her “a dose of her own medicine.”
You can see Parton get the shot in the video above or pictured below.