Dolly Parton ‘gets dose of her own medicine’ after funding COVID-19 vaccine research | Inquirer Entertainment

Dolly Parton ‘gets dose of her own medicine’ after funding COVID-19 vaccine research

/ 06:26 PM March 03, 2021

Country star Dolly Parton got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and even changed the lyrics of her song “Jolene” for the event.

Parton, 75, received a Moderna shot at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, yesterday, March 2.

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“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate,” Parton sang in a video posted on Twitter prior to getting inoculated in Vanderbilt.

The singer described her vaccine experience as “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine,” in reference to her $1-million donation to Vanderbilt, which worked with Moderna to develop a vaccine.

Part of her donation went to an early-stage trial of the Moderna vaccine. Moderna has a 92 percent efficacy in protecting one from COVID-19 14 days after the first dose, according to the World Health Organization.

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Parton encouraged others to get inoculated in her video. “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.”

Celebrities who have received the COVID-19 vaccine and advocate it include Jane Fonda, 83; Arnold Schwarzenegger, 73; and Bette Midler, 75.  /ra

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