Country singing legend Dolly posted a glee-filled video on her Twitter account last night showing herself getting the coronavirus vaccine while singing a remix to Jolene. The 75-year-old was thrilled to be receiving the dose and was eager to show off just how easy it was to get the jab. The singer also adamantly told her followers she hadn’t “skipped the line”.
Speaking while the shot was being prepared, Dolly said: “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.”
The star then belted out an alternate version of Jolene, singing: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate.”
Dolly added in the second verse: “Because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late!”
The Grammy Award winner got serious before adding: “I’m trying to be funny now, but I’m dead serious about the vaccine.”
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Despite funding it, Dolly recently confirmed she was not going to receive the shot early.
Speaking to the Associated press Dolly said: “I’m not going to get mine until some more people get theirs. I don’t want it to look like I’m jumping the line just because I donated money. I’m very funny about that.
“I’m going to get mine though, but I’m going to wait. I’m at the age where I could have gotten mine legally last week. I turned 75. I was going to do it on my birthday, and I thought: ‘Nah, don’t do that.’ You’ll look like you’re just doing a show.
“None of my work is really like that. I wasn’t doing it for a show. I’m going to get mine. I want it. I’m going to get it. When I get it, I’ll probably do it on camera so people will know and I’ll tell them the truth, if I have symptoms and all that.”
Dolly added: “Hopefully it’ll encourage people. I’m not going to jump the line just because I could.”
The 21x platinum selling singer recently declined a statue being built in her honour in Tennessee, where she was born.
She wrote on her Twitter account: “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.
“I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean.”