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Dolly Parton Explains Decision To Postpone Getting COVID-19 Vaccine After Helping Fund Research

Laura Beatham
Feb 03, 2021
12:50 P.M.
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Dolly Parton explained why she is waiting to get the covid-19 vaccine after having made a generous donation to research.

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The country singing legend Dolly Parton shared that she postponed getting the covid-19 vaccine after she made a generous donation to research.

Parton made a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University in April 2020 to aid in the research that led to important breakthroughs for the covid-19 vaccine.

Dolly Parton pictured appearing on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Dolly Parton pictured appearing on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

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However, the singer shared that she is waiting to receive the vaccine as she does not want to seem that she is jumping the line just because she made a large donation.

Parton discussed getting a COVID-19 vaccine with the Associated Press and share that she wants to get the vaccine but has decided to wait as she said:

"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."

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The singer turned 75 this year, and so legally, she is in the group that is allowed to receive the vaccination and shared that she originally wanted to get it on her birthday but decided against it.

She thought it would look like she was putting on a show. She has plans to get it done and will share a video about it. She wants to be honest and share any symptoms she may experience.

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokesperson John Howser shared that her donation helped support one of their researchers.

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The signer shared what compelled her to donate to the COVID-9 research fund. She shared that she is a person of faith and will pray to God to figure out the right thing to do.

When the pandemic first hit, Parton wanted to do her part to help find a vaccination. She then decided to donate to Vanderbilt University. She shared the news on her Instagram and wrote:

"I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards the research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations."

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Parton's donation helped fund important research at the university, such as a study of convalescent plasma and research involving antibody therapies.

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokesperson John Howser shared that her donation helped support one of their researchers successfully finish the study.

Parton has always done her part to help the different causes when she can. She helped set up the Imagination Library, which gives free books to children around the world.

Her famous song "9 to 5" was recently rewritten to "5 to 9" for a Super Bowl commercial for Squarespace to encourage entrepreneurs to reach their dreams.

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