Dolly Parton gets a “taste” of her own medicine #Covid19
Dolly Parton announced on Tuesday that she has received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which was developed with help from her $1million donation early last year.
The 75-year-old country music icon posted a picture of herself getting the injection, with a caption that read, ‘Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine’, singing ‘vaccine, vaccine’ to the tune of her hit ‘Jolene’ beforehand.
She received the shot from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the research center which received the million-dollar donation from the ‘9 to 5’ singer last April, as she called on ‘all of you cowards out there’ to book an appointment for a jab.
Parton learned that her money was used to develop the shot in November when she was listed as one of several donors as it was announced that Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine candidate was found to be 94.5 percent effective.
The singer had initially said last month that she was holding off on receiving the vaccine, despite being eligible due to her age, as she did not want to be seen as skipping the line because of her donation.
Yet the singer finally went for a vaccine appointment this week, describing herself as ‘excited’, as she used the opportunity to encourage others to register, even rewriting the words of her hit ‘Jolene’ to spark enthusiam.
It was administered by Dr. Naji Abumrad, a physician and professor of surgery at the center who Parton befriended in October 2013 after he treated her following a car crash.
‘Hey it’s me!’ Parton said in a video posted to her Twitter account.
‘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.
‘I wanted to tell everybody that you should get out there and get it to so I changed one of my songs to fit the occasion,’ she continued before beginning to sing.