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Dolly Parton Remixes 'Jolene' While Getting COVID-19 Vaccine She Helped Fund

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Dolly Parton attends We Are Family Foundation honors Dolly Parton & Jean Paul Gaultier at Hammerstein Ballroom on Nov. 5, 2019 in New York City.

Dolly Parton received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that she helped fund on Tuesday (March 2).

The 75-year-old country hitmaker took to Twitter to announce that she got "a dose of her own medicine." In April, Parton donated $1 million of her own money to the disease's research at Vanderbilt University in honor of her friend and the university's professor of surgery Dr. Naji Abumrad, which helped fund Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.

"I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion. It goes, 'Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine! I'm begging of you please don't hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine! 'Cause once you're dead, that's a bit too late,'" she sang, updating the lyrics to the tune of her 1974 classic "Jolene." "I just wanted to encourage everybody 'cause the sooner we get to feeling better, the sooner we are going to get back to being normal. So 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."

And she shows exactly how it's done: She called up Dr. Abumrad at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville to get her shot while wearing a convenient shoulder-cut-out top that she claimed to design herself.

The Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund appears on the preliminary report on the Moderna vaccine. "As the scripture says, 'To whom much is given, much is required.' So I look at my life with that every day and think that God expects it of me," she told Billboard in July of her generous donation. "I expect it of myself, and I think people expect it of me. If I can be an inspiration, then I want to be that. That makes me feel good."

Watch Parton receive her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine below.