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Dolly Parton tells USA TODAY's Ralphie Aversa about wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Catch their full conversation on "Ad Meter Live."
RALPHIE AVERSA: Dolly Parton explains why she turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom and if she plans on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
During an appearance on "The Today Show", Parton revealed that President Trump attempted to give her the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice. But Dolly declined the country's highest civilian honor due to logistical and scheduling issues. After she taped "The Today Show," she sat down virtually with me. And we talked about her $1 million donation to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 research.
What was it that compelled you to make a donation to Vanderbilt?
DOLLY PARTON: I just felt like maybe God had led me to help with that. And eventually I'm going to get the vaccine myself. I'd get it now, but I'm not going to jump the line.
RALPHIE AVERSA: Dolly's making the rounds to promote her first-ever Super Bowl commercial. The icon rerecorded "9 to 5" as "5 to 9" for an ad with e-commerce platform Squarespace. Catch our full conversation Monday at noon Eastern on "Ad Meter Live," where we will talk about some of the best commercials from the Big Game. The show will stream across the USA TODAY Network, including our YouTube channel.