Country music star Dolly Parton has sung an adapted version of Jolene while she received her Covid vaccination in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion. It goes, ‘Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate,’” the actor, singer and humanitarian belted out in a social media post on Tuesday, just before receiving her shot.
“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late,” she continued.
The Grammy-winning legend, who turned 75 this year, donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for coronavirus research last year.
Parton had earlier told The Associated Press that she was going to wait until the vaccine became more widely available because she didn’t want to look like she was jumping the line.
Parton wore a purple shirt with shoulder cutouts just for the occasion.
“That didn’t hurt. Just stung a little bit,” she said afterward. Then she smiled at the camera saying, “I did it! I did it!”
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 2, 2021
Poll after poll of public opinion has found that Republicans are among the most resistant to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Just 41 percent of them say they have been vaccinated or will do so as soon as possible.