Dolly Parton, American country singer, sang an adapted version of ‘Jolene’, her 1973 hit song, to mark her vaccination against COVID-19.

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The 75-year-old did the adaptation, which was a practical rewrite of the original song, before receiving the shot at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate cause once you’re dead, that’s a bit too late,” Parton sang in a video before she was hit with the Moderna-developed vaccine.

The Grammy-winning music star went ahead to urge her fans to take the shot.

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“I know I’m trying to be funny right now. But I’m dead serious about the vaccine,” she added.

“We all want to get back to normal, whatever that is. I just want to encourage everyone because the sooner we get to feeling better, the sooner we all get back to being normal.

“I just want to say to you cowards out there, don’t be such a chicken squad. Get out there and get a shot. That’s my message to you.”

Earlier, Parton was credited with helping fund the Moderna vaccine after donating $1 million (£716,000) to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre.

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A portion of the singer’s money went towards funding an early stage-trial of the Moderna vaccine after which the drug was found to offer nearly 95 percent protection against severe COVID-19.



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