In an Instagram video shared by AP on March 3, 2021, Dolly Parton sang a modified rendition of her popular song “Jolene” to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. The country music legend sang, “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, ’cause once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.” Though the country crooner tried to make light of a serious subject, she said she was “dead serious” about the vaccine, telling viewers, “Don’t be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot.”
The “9 to 5” singer then received an injection of the Moderna vaccine on camera, quipping, “That didn’t hurt! Just stung a little bit.” Parton is largely responsible for developing the Moderna vaccine, having donated $1,000,000 to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to aid in their vaccine development efforts (via BBC News).