Dolly Parton

Country music legend Dolly Parton announced that she received her COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. 

“Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine,” the “Jolene” singer shared on Twitter alongside a photo of her receiving the shot.

Parton tagged Vanderbilt University Medical Center in her Tuesday post. She announced last April, just weeks into the pandemic in the U.S., that she was giving $1 million to researchers there toward developing a COVID-19 vaccine. 

She was later listed as one of several donors in the November announcement that Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine candidate was found to be 94.5 percent effective.

“I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else,” Parton told NBC’s “Today” show at the time.

“When I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good,” she added. “And evidently, it is. And let’s just hope we find a cure real soon.”

Parton, 75, said last month that she was eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine but had not gotten her shot yet because she didn’t want to give the appearance that she was “jumping the line.”

“I’m not going to get mine until some more people get theirs,” Parton told The Associated Press.

“I don’t want it to look like I’m jumping the line just because I donated money. I’m very funny about that,” she said, promising at the time that she would make her own inoculation public in an effort to encourage others to receive their own vaccinations.

On Tuesday, Parton delivered on her promise to make her jab public, sharing a video herself receiving the vaccine at the Tennessee medical center. She encouraged her followers to get their COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to return to “normal.”

“I’m finally going to get my vaccine. I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting a while. I’m old enough to get it, and I’m smart enough to get it, so I’m very happy that I’m going to get my Moderna shot today,” Parton said.

She also joked that she “changed” one of her songs for the shot, singing, “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, ’cause once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late” to the tune of “Jolene.” 

Parton also joked with the doctor who administered her vaccine, saying, “It didn’t take this long to film ‘9 to 5.'” 

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