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Dolly Parton sings and gets COVID vaccine shot

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Country music legend Dolly Parton briefly changed the words of her tune 'Jolene,' singing 'vaccine vaccine' before receiving a COVID vaccination shot on Tuesday. (March 3)

Video Transcript

DOLLY PARTON: Well, hey, it's me. 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.

So I'm very happy that I'm going to get my Moderna shot today. And I want to tell everybody that you should get out there and do it too. I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion. It goes--

(SINGING) Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I'm begging you please don't hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine 'cause once you're dead, then that's a bit too late.

[LAUGHS] I know I'm trying to be funny now, but I'm dead serious about the vaccine. I think we all wanna 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.

But anyhow, I just wanted to encourage everybody 'cause the sooner we get the feeling better, the sooner we are gonna get back to being normal. So I just wanna say to all of you cowards out there, don't be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot. Anyway, that's my message to you.

So I am going to call on my friend, Dr. Naji Abumrad, that's worked in research here at Vanderbilt. That's where I am today. And he's going to pop me in my arm.

And so I'm going to call him in. I'm going to mask up first though 'cause I have a pretty good distance from me and the camera. So I'mma probably put this on and get that on, get my hair back around so I look good. You know, we gotta look good. [LAUGHS] OK, Dr. Naji, get in here and give me a shot. How are you?

NAJI ABUMRAD: Hey, how are you?

DOLLY PARTON: I'm good.

NAJI ABUMRAD: It's so good to see you--

DOLLY PARTON: Have you been practicing?

NAJI ABUMRAD: --and thank you very much for coming.

DOLLY PARTON: Yeah. Well, thank you for helping me out. You've been here for years doing research at Vanderbilt. And you and I have been friends forever. And I thought it was only appropriate to be the one to give me my shot today.

NAJI ABUMRAD: Absolutely. And I'm so glad that you're here, and that you're giving a great message. And we're ready.

DOLLY PARTON: OK. Well, I'm gonna wait on you. I hope you practiced. I even had a little cutout in my shirt. I matched it over here 'cause I'm sure you can just reach down in there and surely find a muscle somewhere. [LAUGHS] I'm gonna wait for you. All right.

NAJI ABUMRAD: I'm sorry.

DOLLY PARTON: It's all right. Do what you gotta do. You're the doctor. I'm just patient. I didn't know you was gonna be so clumsy. I hope you're gonna do better with that shot.

[LAUGHTER]

I know-- I hope this don't look like it does on TV where it looks like they're driving an ice pick in your arm. OK.

NAJI ABUMRAD: Now, let me ask you. I have two questions to ask you. Do you have any bleeding disorders?

DOLLY PARTON: No.

NAJI ABUMRAD: Any serious allergies, anaphylactic reaction?

DOLLY PARTON: No.

NAJI ABUMRAD: OK. We're ready.

DOLLY PARTON: I think I'm good to go, so. I'm going. I'm going. Well, it didn't take this long to film "9 to 5," Dr. Naji.

[LAUGHTER]

OK. I'm still waiting. Well, I've been waiting since December. I've been in line.

NAJI ABUMRAD: OK, sweetie.

DOLLY PARTON: OK. Here I go. All right.

[CAMERA SHUTTERS]

Think you got it?

NAJI ABUMRAD: I got it.

DOLLY PARTON: OK. That didn't hurt. Just stung a little bit, but, that was from the alcohol pad, I think.

NAJI ABUMRAD: Yeah.

DOLLY PARTON: Right? OK. All right.

NAJI ABUMRAD: Let me put a--

DOLLY PARTON: And I know, mess up my beauty mark.

NAJI ABUMRAD: OK.

DOLLY PARTON: [LAUGHS] I'm joking. You do what you gotta do. [LAUGHS] I don't want blood on my clothes. [LAUGHS] Hey, I did it! I did it!