Country singer Dolly Parton joked that she received her Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday at Vanderbilt Health in Tennessee, alluding to the fact that she helped fund the Moderna vaccination.
Parton, 75, posted a photo of herself getting the vaccine on her social media and captioned the photo, “Dolly is getting a dose of her own medicine.” Last year, Parton announced that she had donated $ 1 million to Vanderbilt University to help find a cure for the coronavirus.
The singer also posted a video urging her supporters to get the shot if they were eligible and said she was “old enough” and “smart enough” to get the shot. Parton also played with the words of his famous ballad “Jolene” for the occasion.
“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,” sang Parton. “I beg you, do not hesitate.”
Parton encouraged people to “go out and get the shot” before showing off her own vaccination, administered by her friend, Dr Naji Abumrad. She told fans it didn’t hurt.
“I am so happy that you are here and that you are carrying the big message,” Abumrad said.
Parton mentioned Abumrad in his post last year announcing his donation. His involvement in Moderna vaccine research was revealed in a preliminary report that credited “the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund” in November.
“I’m just happy that whatever I do could help someone else, and when I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good,” Parton told NBC’s “TODAY” show in November. “Obviously it is. Let’s just hope we find a cure soon. “
The Food and Drug Administration cleared Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in December, the second vaccine to receive special authorization. It appears Parton received her first dose on Tuesday and will need to receive her second dose in about four weeks, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Parton told The Associated Press last month that even though she was eligible to receive the vaccine, she wanted to wait so as not to appear to be receiving preferential treatment.
“I don’t want it to feel like it skips the line just because I donated the money,” Parton said. “I’m very funny about it.”