Covid-19: Dolly Parton marks vaccination with Jolene rewrite.
Parton, 75, sang an adapted version of Jolene before receiving the shot at Vanderbilt University center in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday.
“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate,” Parton sang during a video.
She was injected with a vaccine developed by Moderna.
Parton was credited with helping fund the Moderna vaccine after donating $1m (£716,000) to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre.
A portion of the singer’s money went towards funding an early stage-trial of the Moderna vaccine. In trials, the Moderna vaccine was found to supply nearly 95% protection against severe Covid-19.
The Grammy-winning musician said she had been “waiting a while” for her vaccination.
“I’m sufficiently old to urge it and i am smart enough to urge it,” the singer told fans during a video posted from the university.
Last month Parton told the Associated Press she wanted to attend until vaccines were more widely available because “I don’t need it to seem like I’m jumping the line”.
Now vaccine supply has increased – within the US a minimum of – Parton said she “wanted to encourage everybody” to urge theirs.
“I just want to mention to all or any of you cowards out there – do not be such a chicken squat. Get out there and obtain your shot,” she said.
The 9 to five singer is that the latest star to market coronavirus vaccinations.
Other celebrities who have had a Covid-19 vaccine include:
– Sir David Attenborough
The naturalist and broadcaster, 94, received the Covid-19 jab in January, months after speaking of the “immense suffering” caused by the pandemic.
The Academy Award-winning actress, 83, shared the news of her jab in an Instagram post in February, posting: “It doesn’t hurt”.
– Sir Ian McKellen
The veteran actor, 81, was vaccinated at Queen Mary’s University Hospital in London, saying afterwards that he felt “euphoric”.
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
The former politician and action hero, 73, had his jab in January in l. a. and nodded to at least one of his best-known movie lines when he said: “Come with me if you would like to measure .”
The Broadway singer and actress, 75, announced she got the Pfizer vaccine on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel sleep in February.
– Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine
The pair urged the general public to urge vaccinated against coronavirus in an National Health Service (NHS) advert released in February.