Dolly Parton Receives COVID-19 Vaccine
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On April 1, 2020, Dolly Parton announced she was making a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt to help fund their COVID-19 research.
“My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” Parton said in a statement. “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”
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Parton was later credited in preliminary report from the New England Journal of Medicine as being a benefactor of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. She was praised worldwide for making such a grand contribution toward the development of the vaccine, which is now available.
“When I donated the money to the Covid fund I just wanted it to do good and evidently, it is!” Parton said on Twitter in November 2020.
As the COVID-19 vaccine came out, older individuals were given priority to receive doses. Country music legends Willie Nelson (age 87) and Loretta Lynn (age 88) both received the vaccine in January 2021.
But at the age of 75, Parton was in no rush to receive the vaccine herself, even though she helped fund it. As she told AP News in February 2021, she didn’t want to feel like she was jumping ahead of others.
“I don’t want it to look like I’m jumping the line just because I donated money. I’m very funny about that,” she said. “I’m going to get mine, though, but I’m going to wait.”
Parton waited one more month, until March 2021, before she finally received the vaccine. Fittingly, she was given the one she helped fund, and it was administered by her good friend Dr. Abumrad.
She shared a video on her social media profiles to show herself receiving the vaccine. Before she was given the shot, she addressed her followers about the importance of being vaccinated, and sang a parody of “Jolene” to get her point across.
“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please, don’t hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, ‘cause once you’re dead, that’s a bit too late,” she sang.
Even though Parton was having fun, she wanted her followers to understand just how serious she is about the COVID-19 vaccine:
“I’m trying to be funny now, but I’m dead serious about the vaccine,” she said. “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? But anyhow, I just wanted to encourage everybody ‘cause the sooner we get to feeling better, the sooner we are going to get back to being normal.“
The video then shows Parton receiving the vaccine from Dr. Abumrad. The clip was captioned, “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine.”
You can watch Parton receive her dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by tuning in to the video below.
The video ends with Parton happily exclaiming “I did it, I did it!” It must have been such a surreal moment for her to receive the vaccine she helped fund less than a year ago!