Dolly Parton is fully vaccinated! Country icon jokes she received a ‘second dose of her own medicine’ after donating $1M to help fund Moderna shot
The legendary 75-year-old songstress joked she got a ‘second dose of her own medicine’ after donating $1M to those working on the vaccine.
The 9 To 5 hitmaker looked stylish as ever getting the shot and took to social media to share the momentous occasion.
Vaccinated! Dolly Parton, 75, reveals she is fully vaccinated and jokes she got a ‘second dose of her own medicine’ after donating $1M to help fund the Moderna shot
Her official Twitter page shared two images of her getting her second jab and she joked ‘Dolly gets a (second) dose of her own medicine.’
She also thanked Dr. Naji Abumrad, Andrea Calhoun and Heather O’Dell of @VUMChealth who administered the dose.
Last month she had shared a photo of herself getting her first dose on social media captioning the image: ‘Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine,’ and she continued to keep the joke alive this time around.
Dolly had insisted she would wait for her coronavirus vaccine as she didn’t want people to think it was a show, adding there were others that needed it more.
Dose of her own medicine: Her official Twitter page shared two images of her getting her second jab and she joked ‘Dolly gets a (second) dose of her own medicine’
Giving back: ‘When the pandemic first hit, that was my first thought, “I need to do something to try to help find a vaccination,” she shared about her decision to donate $1M
‘No. 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,’ she said in February.
She assured: ‘I’m going to get mine though, but I’m going to wait. I’m at the age where I could have gotten mine legally last week. I turned 75,’ — her age putting her amongst one of the earliest eligible groups.
Though she shared she was ‘going to do it on [her] birthday’ she decided to hold off. ‘I thought, “Nah, don’t do that.” You’ll look like you’re just doing a show. None of my work is really like that.’
Holding off: Despite being among one of the earliest eligible groups based on her age, she humbly decided to hold off so it didn’t feel like a ‘show’
And Dolly said she was just ‘happy to be part’ of the creation of the vaccine and felt compelled to do something when the pandemic hit.
‘I follow my heart. I’m a person of faith and I pray all the time that God will lead me into the right direction and let me know what to do. When the pandemic first hit, that was my first thought, “I need to do something to try to help find a vaccination.”‘
‘I just did some research with the people at Vanderbilt [University] – they’re wonderful people, they’ve been so good through the years to my people in times of illness and all that,’ she said of her Tennessee roots.
‘I just asked if I could donate a million dollars to the research for a vaccine. I get a lot more credit than I deserve I think, but I was just happy to be a part of any and all of that,’ she shared.
Vaccine hero: The veteran songstress said she felt compelled to donate money to hep Vanderbilt (in her home state of Tennessee) work on the vaccine saying she ‘followed her heart’; pictured 2019