American country music singer Dolly Parton received the Moderna coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday but in her own unique musical way. The 75-year-old singer, who also funded the research for the Moderna vaccine in the US, sang a Covid version of her hit song ‘Jolene’ urging people to take the shot.
Taking to her social media handle, Dolly posted a video where she was seen singing praises of the vaccine. Sharing the three-minute fifty-five-second video on Twitter, the singer captioned it as “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine.” The video opens with the artist enthusiastically announcing that she is finally getting her vaccine shot. She further says that she is old enough to get it earlier and she is smart enough to get it. The singer also urges her followers and fans to get the vaccine shot and said that she has even changed her song to fit the occasion.
She sings her pandemic rendition of Jolene as: “Vaccine Vaccine Vaccine Vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate.” With her trademark heavy southern American accent Dolly sings, “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.”
But that was not all, Dolly further says in the video that she knows that she is trying to be funny now, but she is dead serious about the vaccine. The philanthropist, who donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which worked with the pharmaceutical company Moderna to develop one of the first coronavirus vaccines to be authorized in the US, said in the video that we all should want to get back to normal, whatever that might be, with a great shot in the arm.
The businesswoman also said in the video: “I just want to say to all of you cowards out there, don’t be such a chicken squat.” She added that people should get out there and get their shot. After sending out her message, Dolly welcomed the doctor who, as she likes to put it, popped her in the arm with the vaccine shot at Vanderbilt Health in Tennessee.