Dolly Parton on COVID-19 Vaccine: ‘I’m Not Going to Jump the Line Just Because I Could’


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In a new interview with the Associated Press published on Tuesday, Dolly Parton spoke from the heart when asked about her plans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

It was Parton, you may recall, whose $1 million donation partially funded Moderna’s vaccine research in a story that broke in November. But despite her affiliation with the vaccine production, Parton, 75, wasn’t going to use that to her advantage:

No. I’m not going to get mine until some more people get theirs. 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. I’m at the age where I could have gotten mine legally last week. 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. I’m going to get mine. I want it. I’m going to get it. 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.

Parton will also be featured in a Super Bowl ad this Sunday, Feb. 6, for Squarespace — in an updated version of her classic hit “9 to 5,” this time “5 to 9” in reference to entrepreneurs trying their own career path after clocking out from their workday.

Here’s the ad, which debuted online Tuesday:

For more, click here to read the full Associated Press interview with Dolly Parton.


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