Dolly Parton had donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University medical center, in November 2020, in honor of her friend.
Country music singer Dolly Parton's funding for the development of the coronavirus vaccination was widely appreciated. Recently, the singer got a shot of her "own medicine."
According to CBS News, the country singer got vaccinated in front of the camera on 2 March, 2021. She posted the video on Twitter and shared her joy with millions of her fans. Waiting to receive a Moderna shot at Vanderbilt Health in Tennessee, the singer told her fans, "Well, hey, it’s me. I’m finally gonna get my vaccine.” She continued, "I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting a while. I’m old enough to get it, and I’m smart enough to get it," according to New York Times.
She then broke into a song praising the vaccine. She also encouraged people to get the shot as soon as possible. "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine. I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate." She continued, "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late."
Moments before the doctor injected the shot into her arm, Parton reiterated the importance of taking the preventative medicine. She stated, "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?”
"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,” she added. Parton's video garnered more than a million views in a matter of hours.
My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure.— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) April 1, 2020
Parton contributed $1 million to the Vanderbilt University medical center in November 2020, while authorities across the globe had just begun to take the virus seriously. Speaking of her donation on Twitter, the singer stated that she had made the contribution in honor of her friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, a researcher at the Nashville university. Months after Parton's generous act, the university along with the drugmaker Moderna developed one of the first coronavirus vaccines with 94.5% effectiveness.
Dolly Parton isn't only known for her extraordinary voice, but now also for her substantial contribution to help fund Moderna's #COVID-19 #vaccine! Her $1 million donation will go a long way in the fight against the #coronavirus. #ThanksDolly 👏https://t.co/ZERkYABCMb— UCare Community (@ucaremn) November 30, 2020
Speaking to USA Today in February 2021, the singer said that she was waiting to get vaccinated. “I’d get it now, but I’m not going to jump the line. I think we’re going to need it, because things are not looking good out there," said the 75-year-old.
Parton was also quite humble as she spoke about all the acknowledgment she was getting for being one of the early contributors to the development of the vaccine. “I think I’m getting more credit than I deserve. But I was just so happy to be a small part, and to plant a seed that would grow into something bigger," said Parton.
When asked about her motivation to make such a donation at the very beginning of the pandemic, the country musician said, "My heart always guides me and leads me. Early on, just when they first started talking about that pandemic, I sensed that this was not going to be good."
According to The Guardian, Parton has made several donations to Vanderbilt in the past, doing her part to support the community.
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