Moderna Hero Dolly Parton Admits She Gets "More Credit" Than She Deserves for COVID Vaccine

The icon opens up about her contribution to Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 17, 2021

Ever humble, Dolly Parton thinks she's been given too much credit for her scientific benefaction.

In a new interview with Absolute Radio Country ahead of a UK run of 9 to 5: The Musical, Parton discussed her $1 million USD donation to Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center last April to fund COVID-19 vaccination research.

"When the pandemic came out, I just felt led to do something because I knew something bad was on the rise and I just kind of wanted to help with that, so I donated to help with that," she told host Baylen Leonard [via].

"So, mine was a small part, of course — I probably get a lot more credit than I deserve — but I was happy to be part of that and to be able to try to stop something in its tracks that's really just become such a monster for all of us."

In March 2021, nearly a year after her generous contribution, Parton received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine she helped fund. Of course, she parodied her own hit "Jolene" while doing so, singing:  "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."

She's just a modest queen.

Speaking of giving back, Parton has also just contributed vocals to Nashville singer-songwriter Sam Williams' new single "Happy All the Time," which will appear on his debut album Glasshouse Children.

Stream the song below, and If you missed it, you can watch the video of the country icon getting the jab of her own medicine.


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The superstar recently announced her forthcoming first novel Run Rose Run — co-authored with James Patterson — and its companion album. Parton has also shared that she's invested her Whitney Houston cover royalties into a historically Black Nashville neighbourhood and expressed her support for Britney Spears amidst the popstar's conservatorship battle.

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