Dolly Parton received the coronavirus vaccine which she helped fund.
The country singer, 75, “even changed one of my songs to suit the occasion,” she told fans in a video filmed from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
To the beat of her hit Jolene, she sang, “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, please don’t hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead, then this ’tis a little too late. “
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Parton has donated $ 1million (£ 716,000) to help pharmaceutical company Moderna grow its COVID-19[female[feminine stroke.
Urging her supporters to get the shot, she said, “I’m so excited. I waited a while. I’m old enough to get it and I’m smart enough to get it.”
She said she was “very serious about the vaccine” and that getting back to normal life would be a “good shot in the arm”, adding: “I just want to say to all of you cowards – don’t be a squat chicken. “You. Come out and take your picture.”
Parton filmed herself preparing for Moderna’s coup, telling the doctor that she had “been waiting since December”.
The doctor, a friend of hers, praised her for spreading the word, saying, “Glad you’re here and delivered the big message.”
Then she commented, “It didn’t hurt.”
So far, the US regulator has authorized three coronavirus emergency vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
President Joe Biden said he hopes every adult in the country will be offered a first dose of a vaccine at the end of may.
Boris Johnson made the same commitment for the end of July. The UK has used the Pfizer jab alongside the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, but the government is still awaiting its first batch of Moderna and the drugs regulator has yet to approve Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine, but should soon do so.
Parton, who has had a musical career spanning more than five decades, is known for her philanthropy.
She started a charity called Imagination Library in 1995, which sends books to children around the world with the aim of improving children’s literacy.
In January, she rejected calls for a statue of it to be erected in its original state.
Democratic Congressman John Mark Windle had proposed a bill to have her honored in Capitol Park in Nashville.
But Parton replied, “Considering everything that’s going on in the world, I don’t think putting myself on a pedestal is appropriate right now.”