“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,” she sang to the tune of “Jolene,” one of her early hits, “I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate.”
Then she put on a mask and waited while a white-coated doctor fiddled with the syringe. “It didn’t take this long to file 9 to 5,” Parton quipped on a video posted on YouTube.
When the needle finally hit her shoulder, Parton said she got “a dose of my own medicine.”
She wasn’t kidding. Last spring, Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for development of the Moderna vaccine. She felt generous toward the medical center because of treatment she received there after an automobile accident.
At age 75, Parton could have gotten the vaccine much earlier.
“I don’t want it to look like I’m jumping the line just because I donated money,” she said last month. “I’m very funny about that. I’m going to get mine, though, but I’m going to wait.”
On Tuesday, she got her shot at Vanderbilt Medical and came out strong for vaccinations.
“I know I’m trying to be funny now, but I’m dead serious about the vaccine,” she said before the shot. “I think we all want to get back to normal -- whatever that is -- and that would be a great shot in the arm, wouldn’t it? …
“I just want to say to all of you cowards out there: Don’t be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot.”