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Country music legend Dolly Parton has changed the words to her 1973 hit song Jolene to encourage people to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
The singer-songwriter shared the video of herself getting the vaccine on Tuesday and used her platform to encourage others who may be hesitant about getting the jab.
Parton (75) received the vaccination in Nashville, Tennessee. She posted the new version of Jolene, on Instagram.
“Well, hey, it’s me, I am finally going to get my vaccine. I am so excited. I have been waiting awhile. I am old enough to get it and I’m smart enough to get it. So I am very happy that I am going to get my Moderna shot today.
"I wanted to tell everybody that you should get out there and do it too. I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion.
"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.
"I know I am trying to be funny now but I am dead serous 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.”
Last year, Parton donated $US1 million ($NZ1.3 million) to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for coronavirus research.
She said on Instagram: “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine.”
Her verdict: "That didn't hurt, just stung a bit but that was from the alcohol pad."
- TNS and NZ Herald