Dolly Parton Had a Glorious Response to Getting Vaccinated

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has been vaccinated!

The country music legend got her shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine and took extra care to sprinkle a little Dolly flair on the moment and share it with fans.

I’m not going to jump the line just because I could.


On Tuesday, the 75-year-old shared a video of herself with Dr. Naji Abumrad — a professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and longtime friend of Parton's — getting the shot on her Instagram feed.

To the tune of her 1973 smash hit "Jolene," Parton sings: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate.”

The Shot That Dolly Helped Build

“The sooner we get to feeling better, the sooner we are gonna get back to feeling normal,” she explains to viewers. “I just want to say to all of you cowards out there: Don’t be such a chicken squat! Get out there and get your shot.”

Parton aptly captioned the post with, “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine,” a nod to the $1 million she donated to Vanderbilt after Dr. Abumrad reportedly "told her about the work researchers were doing to come up with a vaccine," says The New York Times.

That contribution, which later was named the Dolly Parton Covid-19 Research Fund, helped pay for the first part of the vaccine research.

When asked ahead of the Super Bowl whether she'd been vaccinated yet, Parton had insisted that she wouldn't jump "the line just because I donated money."

"I’m very funny about that," she explained to the Associated Press at the time. "I’m going to get mine though, but I’m going to wait. I’m at the age where I could have gotten mine legally last week. I turned 75. I was going to do it on my birthday, and I thought, 'Nah, don’t do that.' You’ll look like you’re just doing a show. None of my work is really like that. I wasn’t doing it for a show. I’m going to get mine. I want it. I’m going to get it. When I get it, I’ll probably do it on camera so people will know and I’ll tell them 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."

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