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."