Legendary country music singer and songwriter Dolly Parton continues to show how big her heart is in the face of a deadly pandemic.
Having turned 75-years-old just a short while ago, Parton is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” singer says she plans on getting the shot but not before others have.
“I’m at the age where I could have gotten mine legally last week,” she says in an interview with the Associated Press. “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.”
Dolly Parton Says She Will Get Vaccination Eventually
Just a short time ago, Parton donated $1 million to coronavirus research. She later found those funds were used to develop the Moderna vaccine. She says that plays a role in her decision to delay getting the life-saving vaccine.
“No, I’m not going to get mine until some more people get theirs,” she says. “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.”
Dolly Parton maintains that she will eventually get the shot and hopes it will inspire others to also get it. While she won’t make a show over it, she hopes her proactive approach to fighting the deadly virus will give others the courage to do the same.
“I’m going to get mine. I want it. I’m going to get it.,” she says. “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. ‘Hopefully it’ll encourage people. I’m not going to jump the line just because I could.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 26 million American have gotten the first shot. Another 6 million have already received the second shot needed for vaccination.
Parton will eventually be among that group and says she will follow her heart and pray on the decision.
H/T: Daily Mail