WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Dolly Parton takes a shot at those who do not want to get vaccinated while receiving her shot.
- She changed some of the lyrics of her song “Jolene” for people to not hesitate or it is going to be too late.
- The country star waited for her turn to be vaccinated after some people who needed it most had gotten it.
While she was receiving her shot for the COVID-19 vaccine, singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton was singing a tweaked version of her song “Jolene”: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine/I’m begging of you, please, don’t hesitate.” And ended with the chorus: “Cause once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.” She entitled the video: “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine”
You would think that with her stature that even lawmakers are pushing for their bill to have her statue in the Tennessee capitol and her $1 million donation to COVID-19 effectiveness research fund, the country star would throw her weight around and be given special treatment. But NO.
The 75-year-old said, “I’m not going to get mine until some more people get theirs. I don’t want it to look like I’m jumping the line just because I donated money. I’m very funny about that. I’m going to get mine, though, but I’m going to wait.”
In the video, she did not miss an opportunity to take a jab at those who are vaccine naysayers with her rhyming message: “all of you cowards out there: Don’t be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot.”
Her friend Dr. Naji Abumrad at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, administered her shot. Ever the star that she is, she came in a sparkly dress with cut outs and initially refused wearing a bandage over her shot as it would “mess up my beauty mark”.
She even teased Dr. Abumrad that it did not take long for her to film 9 to 5 unlike the doctor who was slowly but surely administering the shot.
Parton’s day of inoculation coincided with President Biden’s pronouncement that he hopes that by the end of May, every adult in the country will be vaccinated.