USA- Celebrated singer Dolly Parton, who helped fund the Covid-19 vaccine, has received her first jab.
The 75-year-old country music star broke into singing while getting the jab and adapted one of her best-known ballads.
To the tune of Jolene, Parton sang: “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.”
Parton was injected with a vaccine developed by Moderna. She was credited with helping fund the Moderna vaccine after donating $1m (£716,000) to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre.
A portion of the singer’s money went towards funding an early stage-trial of the Moderna vaccine. In trials, the Moderna vaccine was found to offer nearly 95% protection against severe Covid-19.
Parton, a Grammy award winner said she had been “waiting a while” for her vaccination.
“I’m old enough to get it and I’m smart enough to get it,” the singer told fans in a video posted from the university.
Last month Parton told the Associated Press she wanted to wait until vaccines were more widely available because “I don’t want it to look like I’m jumping the line”.
Parton, addressing those hesitant to take the vaccine, said: “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.”
After getting her first jab, she said: “That didn’t hurt.”
Celebrities that have had the jab include Sir Elton John, Sir Michael Caine, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Tony Robinson and Sir Ian McKellen.
NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: News Agencies | AP