Dolly Parton Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Injection She Helped Fund

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Country music legend Dolly Parton received her first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna on Tuesday, joking that she received “a dose of her own medicine.” Parton donated $ 1 million to COVID-19 research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, last year, which in turn helped the development of Moderna’s MRNA vaccine, -6.73% against coronavirus.

“I’m very excited. I’ve been waiting a while,” Parton, 75, said in a video posted on social media Tuesday. “I’m old enough to get it and smart enough to get it.” The video showed Dr. . Vanderbilt’s Naji Abumrad administering the injection, which he said didn’t hurt. Parton modified the lyrics of his song “Jolene” for the occasion: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,” he sang. dudes / Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / ‘Because once you’re dead, it’s a little late. “Parton also encouraged everyone to get vaccinated so life can” get back to normal, whatever it is. “” No be such a fool, “he chided,” go out there and take your chance! “On Monday, President Joe Biden said the nationwide launch of the vaccine is ahead of schedule and he hopes the US has enough vaccines. against coronavirus for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months before as planned.