Dolly Parton Gets a "Dose of Her Own Medicine" With COVID-19 Vaccine

Dolly Parton received her first dose of Moderna, the coronavirus vaccine she helped fund. To celebrate "the occasion," she cheekily remade her classic tune "Jolene."

By Alyssa Morin Mar 03, 2021 1:49 AMTags
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Hitting all the right shots!

Dolly Parton proved once again why she's a living legend. On Tuesday, March 2, the Grammy winner took to social media to share that's she officially received her first dose of Moderna, which is the coronavirus vaccine she helped fund last year.

She cheekily wrote on Instagram, "Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine."

"I'm finally gonna get my vaccine. I'm so excited," the country music icon said in an Instagram video. "I'm old enough to get it, I'm smart enough to get it, so I'm very happy."

In fact, the award-winning singer was so jazzed about getting vaccinated that she remade her classic tune "Jolene" in order to "fit the occasion."

"Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / I'm begging of you please don't hesitate," she crooned in her video. "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / because once you're dead / then that's a bit too late."

"I know I'm trying to be funny now," she added, "but I'm dead serious about the vaccine."

Stars With Coronavirus

Dolly also recorded herself receiving her first dose from Naji Abumrad, a professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. At one point, the star even poked fun at the surgeon, telling him, "It didn't take this long to film 9 to 5."

In April 2020, the singer announced she donated $1 million to COVID-19 research at Vanderbilt University's Medical Center. Thanks to her contribution, it helped fund the study and development of Moderna.

"When I donated the money to the Covid fund I just wanted it to do good and evidently, it is," she said last November. "Let's just hope we can find a cure real soon."

Dolly isn't the only celebrity and public figure to receive the vaccine in recent months. See which stars have gotten their doses in our gallery below.

Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge received her first COVID-19 vaccine dose on May 28, 2021.

Demi Lovato

"Getting the vaccine came down to one thought process for me," the singer wrote while wearing Privé Revaux sunglasses. "I simply would rather risk potential side effects of a vaccine than risk lives by catching or spreading covid." 

Mariah Carey

The legendary singer hit a high note while getting her shot. "Vaccine side effect: G6," she shared on Instagram.

Piper Perabo

The Coyote Ugly actress shows off her excitement after receiving her "first shot of COVID #vaccine this week!" She captioned her Instagram post, "I'm keeping masked, distanced and hands washed often til we are all safe...Feeling so grateful to all the health care workers getting us back to being able to be together again. P.S. It didn't hurt a bit!"

Nick Offerman

The actor shared a photo of himself after receiving the vaccine, writing on Twitter, "Thank you, science."

Ryan Reynolds

The actor posted a photo from his vaccine appointment with the caption, "Finally got 5G."

Amy Schumer

The comedian wore her "fanciest dress" to get her vaccine. "If you want to join me and support @pencilsforkidsinc take a pick of yourself getting the vaccine in your best suite or nicest dress. Use #downtogown," she wrote on Instagram, later noting that Guy Oseary will donate $5 for each post to

Rosario Dawson

"Was thrilled to get my first vaccine shot at Essex County College and Essex County's COVID Vaccination Center today," the 41-year-old star of The Mandalorian shared in a lengthy Instagram message on Saturday, March 26. She included video showing off the bandage on her arm. 

"You know, the science tells us that these vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID infection and serious illness," Rosario continued. "They are the best weapon we have -- along with mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing, and other measures recommended by the CDC and public health officials -- to combat the deadly pandemic that has been ravaging our country and our communities for the past year. And if enough people get the vaccine, they have the potential to help end this once and for all."

She went on to praise "all the volunteers and medical professionals" who are "taking the time to talk about the vaccine and how it can help you."


Christie Brinkley

"I just got my second dose of the vaccine that's going to get us all back to seeing friends and dining out and going to see plays in theatres and sing together at concerts and laugh at the movies," the actress wrote on Instagram while wearing Cariuma sneakers. "Thank you Lisa and all your lovely associates helping with this monumental goal!"

Dolly Parton

"Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine," the award-winning singer shared on Instagram. She received her first dose of Moderna, which is the vaccine she helped fund last year.

Richard Branson

"Delighted my wife Joan and I received our first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine here in the BVI," the mogul wrote on Instagram. "Completely painless and absolutely safe."

Jonathan Van Ness

"In NY, where I'm working the vaccine program expanded to include people w pre-existing conditions, being HIV+ is one of the conditions that allows folks to be vaccinated, so if you're HIV+ please check your states guidelines to see if you're eligible and get vaccinated against covid-19! There was a list of other conditions that allows for vaccination so wherever you are check the lists and see if you can get in line. Some places like Cali will give leftover doses but just see what's happening in your area," the Queer Eye star wrote in a Feb. 22 Instagram post. "Had I not been looking online everyday I wouldn't have seen, so def get involved with your search. This was my first shot and other than minor soreness in my arm had no side effects and will get my second shot in a few weeks."

"Each state has different guidelines so you'll want to look into yours," he continued. "Definitely need patience, resolve, access to internet to do this so plz if you can help others obtain information or access plz so that. Biggest Hug & Happy Monday! Also, I know my stronger mask should go under, but I didn't want to take my mask off to put on the stronger under, so I just layered them as was! Stay safe xx."

Jeff Goldblum

"Immense gratitude to all of the frontline healthcare workers, continuing to work tirelessly to keep us all safe," the actor shared to Instagram on Feb. 1. He included a photo of himself getting the COVID-19 vaccine while wearing a mask and robe.

"As a citizen well into my platinum years, I got my first dose of the vaccine through the LA County Department of Health," he added. "I'll continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. This too shall pass. Grand things are ahead."

Sean Penn

The actor, activist and CORE co-founder posted a pic of himself receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in L.A. and told his Twitter followers, "I’m a lucky man. Lucky to work alongside the ⁦@LAFD & our great frontline @CoreResponse staff, our partners at Carbon Health, USC, & Curative Lab."

Samuel L. Jackson

"At The Forum getting that 1st jab!! #lookoutworldbouttobustbackout#vaccinespring#gogitchyoursigotmine," the star posted to Instagram about the Los Angeles-area landmark on Jan. 24. He was appropriately wearing an Avengers mask while getting vaccinated.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Today was a good day. I have never been happier to wait in a line," The Terminator star and former California governor shared on Instagram after getting vaccinated in Los Angeles. "If you're eligible, join me and sign up to get your vaccine. Come with me if you want to live!"

Julie Bowen

The Modern Family actress told her Instagram followers on Jan. 20 that she participated in a COVID-19 vaccine trial, writing, "Wearing blue for Biden/Harris at my 2nd (hopefully?) vaccine injection. It's a trial so a: I did not 'jump the line' and b: I may just get saline.... It's still an honor to be part of the process."

Al Roker

On Jan. 19, the 66-year-old Today star received the first dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine live on air.

Willie Nelson

Willie and his wife, Annie, were among the first to get the vaccine in Texas. Family Hospital Systems in Texas shared a photo of the country singer giving a thumbs-up after receiving the shot with the caption, "Thank you Willie Nelson for helping Family Hospital Systems slow the spread of COVID-19."

Loretta Lynn

The country singer and her daughter Peggy made the vaccination appointment a family affair. The country crooner wrote on Instagram, "Well, I bundled up and Peggy Jean and I rolled out of Hurricane Mills so I could get this vaccine. I'm sure glad to get it and am sure ready to put Covid in the rear view mirror! And I enjoyed the mom daughter time, too! #winning #sickofcovid #stayhealthy #besafe #getyours"

Judi Dench

In an interview with the BBC, the actress shared, "I had one a week ago so I think my next is something like 11 weeks' time, that's a great start!"

Steve Martin

On Sunday, Jan. 17, the legendary star revealed he received the vaccine. "Good news/Bad news. Good news: I just got vaccinated! Bad news: I got it because I'm 75. Ha," he captioned his Twitter message. "The operation in NYC was smooth as silk (sorry about the cliché @BCDreyer!) and hosted to perfection by the US Army and National Guard. Thank you all, and thank you science."

Martha Stewart

On Monday, Jan. 11, the star was vaccinated at her eponymous holistic care center located at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Stewart, 79, shared on Instagram in part, "We are all hoping for an end to this pandemic. To allay your concerns that I jumped the line know that I am in the approved age group for this batch of vaccines and I waited in line with others."

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received the first dose of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine.

President Joe Biden

While receiving the vaccine from Delaware-based nurse Tabe Masa, the President-Elect told the American people, "There's nothing to worry about."

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez

The New York City representative shared her vaccination experience on Instagram, promising followers, "I would would never, ever ask you to do something I wasn't willing to do myself." 

Ian McKellen

The Lord of the Rings actor wholeheartedly recommends receiving the vaccine, sharing on social media, "It's a very special day, I feel euphoric. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine."

Nancy Pelosi

The California congresswoman shared on Twitter, "Today, with confidence in science & at the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. As the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue mask wearing, social distancing & other science-based steps to save lives & crush the virus."

Mitt Romney

"Grateful for the hard work from the medical community, gov. partners, and others who are working around the clock to deliver a safe & effective #COVID19 vaccine," the former presidential hopeful tweeted when he and fellow congressmen received the vaccine on Dec. 18.

Prue Leith

The queen of the Great British Baking Off captioned a pic of herself getting the shot, "Who wouldn't want immunity from #Covid19 with a painless jab?? #vaccine"

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