Singer Dolly Parton has been inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna that she helped to fund – reworking the lyrics to her song Jolene while receiving the jab.

The Press Association reports that the 75-year-old shared the moment on social media.

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To the tune of her iconic ballad Jolene, Parton sang: “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.”

Parton helped fund the Moderna vaccine by donating $1m to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting a while,” the singer told her four million followers in her vaccine video posted from the university. “I’m old enough to get it and I’m smart enough to get it.

“I’m trying to be funny now, but I’m dead serious about the vaccine. I think we all want to get back to normal, whatever that is. And that would be a great shot in the arm, wouldn’t it, if we could get back to that?

“But anyhow, I just wanted to encourage everybody because the sooner we get to feeling better, the sooner we are going to get back to being normal.”

Parton added: “I just want to say to all of you cowards out there – don’t be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot.”

The doctor who gave Parton the vaccine was an old friend, who praised her for urging others to avail of the jab.

He knocked an item off the table while preparing the vaccine, with Parton quipping: “I didn’t know you was going to be so clumsy! I hope you’re going to do better with my shot!”

After getting her first shot, the star said: “That didn’t hurt.”

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