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Dolly Parton tweaks hit 'Jolene' to urge Covid vaccine as she receives jab

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Country music star Dolly Parton receives her first dose of the Moderna vaccine, urging others to do the same. The 75 year old is credited with helping to fund the Moderna vaccine after donating $1M to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Parton sang a Covid-theme version of her hit song 'Jolene' before receiving the shot on Tuesday. "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate," she sings.

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DOLLY PARTON: (SINGING) Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I'm begging of you, please don't hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you're dead, then that's a bit too late. [CHUCKLES]

I know I'm trying to be funny now, but I'm dead serious about the vaccine. I think 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.

But anyhow, I just wanted to encourage everybody, because 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.

- OK.

DOLLY PARTON: OK, here I go, all right.

[CAMERAS CLICKING]

Think you got it?

- I got it.

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

- Yeah.

DOLLY PARTON: Right? Yeah, all right.

- Just let me quickly--

DOLLY PARTON: Don't have anybody know-- mess up my beauty mark?

- OK.

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