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Dolly Parton Gets The Vaccine She Funded And Celebrates By Updating The “Jolene” Lyrics

It’s been common over the years for celebrities to be public about getting new vaccinations, to reassure the public that they’re safe and effective, and that’s perhaps necessary now with the COVID vaccines more than ever.

And this week, it was Dolly Parton’s turn to step up and celebrate getting vaxxed.

The singer’s official Twitter account shared both a photo and video of her finally getting the shot — and making a point to encourage others to do so as well.

“I’m old enough to get it, and I’m smart enough to get it,” she said.

The whole thing is made even sweeter by the knowledge that Parton actually helped fund the development of the particular vaccine she received — the Moderna vaccine.

The “9 to 5” star quietly donated one million dollars to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID research, and they wound up partnering with Moderna to come up with one of the few vaccines currently in circulation for the virus. 

That having been said, Parton made it clear last month that she was waiting for her turn to get the vaccine rather than demanding an earlier spot in line as repayment for her donation. And that time finally came.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate,” she crooned to the tune of “Jolene.” “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, ’cause once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.”

Parton harped on how great it would be for things to return back to “normal” and then put her mask back on before the doctor came and finally administered the coveted shot.

Viewers praised the singer for taking the time to make the video, hoping it will encourage that country music fanbase to have faith in the science.

And it doesn’t hurt to know one of America’s national treasures is on her way to being inoculated against the virus — we can’t go losing Dolly, things have already been way too dark lately.

Rachel Kiley

Written by Rachel Kiley