Dolly Parton has finally received her COVID vaccine, and encouraged others to follow suit.
The 75-year-old superstar was jabbed with the Moderna vaccine that she helped fund on Tuesday at the Vanderbit University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee.
In a video posted to Twitter, she said: “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.”
She then sang along to an aptly-modified version of her classic hit ‘Jolene’:
“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine.. I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate.”
She then donned a facemask before meeting the doctor who would administer the shot, but not before she encouraged the “cowards” who don’t trust the vaccine to get their shot.
“I’m trying to be funny now, but I’m dead serious about the vaccine,” she said. “We all want to get back to normal, whatever that is, and that would be a great shot in the arm, wouldn’t it, if we could get back to that.
“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!”
Parton helped fund the Moderna vaccine with a donation of $1m, but back in February she told the Associated Press (AP) that she hadn’t got the vaccine yet and wanted to wait her turn.
She 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 going to get mine, but I’m going to wait.”