Dolly Parton reveals why she's not going to get the Covid-19 vaccine yet

The country music icon donated $1 million to vaccine development, but she still hasn't received the injection.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton attends the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Dolly Parton is holding back on receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, despite being eligible for the injection. 

The country music legend donated a whopping $1 million to coronavirus research in 2020 but has yet to be vaccinated. 

"I'm not going to get mine until some more people get theirs,” she told the Associated Press. “I don't want it to look like I'm jumping the line just because I donated money.” 

The 75-year-old singing legend still has every intention to get the jab, but she wants those who are more vulnerable to receive it first. 

“I'm very funny about that. I'm going to get mine though, but I'm going to wait." 

Dolly’s thoughtful nature is likely what inspired her to make her colossal contribution to the vaccine development fund in the first place. 

“When the pandemic first hit, that was my first thought, 'I need to do something to try to help find a vaccination,'" she said. 

Dolly knew that the most practical aid she could give would be money and sought out the right research team to support financially.

"I just did some research with the people at Vanderbilt — they're wonderful people, they've been so good through the years to my people in times of illness and all that. I just asked if I could donate a million dollars to the research for a vaccine," Dolly said.

Although the philanthropic star had initially planned to get vaccinated on her 75th birthday, she realized she wasn't comfortable with that idea. 

"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," she said. 

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However, Dolly isn't going to stay quiet when the big day finally comes. 

The country singer intends to share her experience with her fans, hoping that she can reassure the public of the vaccine's safety and incite them to follow suit. 

"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," she said. "Hopefully it'll encourage people." 

While Dolly may not be vaccinated just yet, scores of the American population have already gotten the jab. As of today, the Center for Disease Control has confirmed that 20.7 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and that 3.8 million people have been fully vaccinated. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.