Dolly Parton is the unofficial patron saint of the COVID-19 vaccine; I think we can all agree on that. Last year, Parton donated $1 million of her own money toward vaccine research at Vanderbilt University, who collaborated with Moderna Pharmaceuticals, and since then has been a picture of humble graciousness. It's no secret that Dolly is a philanthropic goddess, and states have been calling for statues to be erected in her honor (though she's rejected the idea).
Parton had been taking a backseat to the vaccine, wanting to allow for more at-risk people to get to the front of the line, but the time has come for the 75-year-old to get jabbed herself. And now she has -- Parton has received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine she helped fund at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and it wasn't without a bit of grandeur. Because it's Dolly.
"Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine." Is she not the cutest?
Not to mention the 'fit she pulled out for this momentous occasion. Dolly matched her navy blue mask to a sparkly cold-shoulder top, a trend that I anticipate coming back ten-fold in the coming months, for easy bicep access. Good ol' Dolly, making life easier for everyone.
Oh, but it gets cuter. Dolly also posted a video documenting her experience, advocating for vaccination against the virus and singing a brand-new rendition of "Jolene." Well, kind of:
Dolly know what's up.