Dolly Parton Receives the COVID Vaccine She Helped Fund

Parton took her time in getting first of two vaccine doses. Earlier this year, she explained why in the most Dolly way possible.

“I’m going to get it, though,” she told CNN. “I didn’t want to jump line. I didn’t donate the money so I could be protected. I did it for everybody.”

Parton’s kindness toward Vanderbilt paved the way for several research papers on the virus plus convalescent plasma studies, which treat people infected with the virus with the plasma of those carrying antibodies against the virus.

“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,” Parton wrote on social media.

In a follow-up tweet, the country legend wrote that she hopes her generosity towards the Nashville-based hospital “encourages people that can afford it to make donations.”

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