Dolly Parton receives vaccine she helped fund, reworks ‘Jolene’ for the occasion

Now, if this ain’t a great way to help start Women’s History Month, then I don’t know what is!

Yesterday, international country music superstar Dolly Parton showed us what being a real icon looks like by receiving the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine she helped to fund.

The 75-year-old international country music legend received the vaccine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. In a video released on social media, the icon tells her fans: “I’ve been waiting a while – I’m old enough to get it and I’m smart enough to get it!”

Not only did she receive her dose of the vaccine on camera, but she also remixed one of her songs to fit the occasion! In the tone of her 1973 megahit “Jolene”, she sings: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate!”

Last year, Parton helped fund an early stage-trial of the Moderna vaccine by donating $1 million  to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where it was found to be nearly 95% effective.

“I just felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world,” she said on The One Show last year.

“I’m a very proud girl today to know I had anything at all to do with something that’s going to help us through this crazy pandemic.”

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