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Dolly Parton Says She Won't Get The Covid-19 Vaccine 'Until More People Get Theirs'

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Dolly Parton Says She Won't Get The Covid-19 Vaccine 'Until More People Get Theirs'

Dolly Parton has said she's not going to get the Covid-19 vaccination until more people have had theirs because she doesn't want to seem as if she's jumping the queue because she donated money to the development.

The 75-year-old parted with $1 million (£730,000), giving it to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee to aid research.

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The '9 to 5' singer told AP that she made the donation because when the pandemic first hit she thought 'I need to do something to try and help find a vaccination'.

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She said: "I just did some research with the people at Vanderbilt [University] - 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.

"I get a lot more credit than I deserve I think, but I was just happy to be a part of any and all of that."

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When it comes to getting her own shot, she went on to add: "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.

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"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."

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Parton donated the money back in April after one of her friends who was working towards the vaccine said they had made progress.

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It was Dr Naji Abumrad - who Dolly knew when he treated her after she was involved in a car accident in 2013 - that alerted her to it.

Dr Abumrad works for the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation at Vanderbilt University.

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Dolly Parton

Rebecca Shepherd
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