The Queen of Country, Dolly Parton, has received the COVID-19 vaccine that she helped fund after the musician pledged $1 million to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.
The 75-year-old musician, singing adapted songs while she was being vaccinated, received the Moderna vaccine after she previously donated around £716,000 to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University medical centre.
In fantastic spirits, Parton sang the words: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late,” to the tune of her now-iconic track ‘Jolene’.
Addressing fans before receiving the jab in the video, Parton said: “I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting a while. I’m old enough to get it and I’m smart enough to get it. 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, if we could get back to that?”
She added: “But anyhow, I just wanted to encourage everybody because the sooner we get to feeling better, the sooner we are going to get back to being normal”
Providing an update after successfully recieveing the jab, Parton commented: “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.”