During a new interview, the 75-year-old entertainer who donated $1 million to coronavirus vaccine research at the start of the pandemic explained why she hasn’t gotten the vaccine yet.
“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,” Dolly explained to The Associated Press. “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,” Dolly continued. “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.”
Dolly then reassured that she is definitely “going to get” the vaccine, and that she wants to encourage others to get it too.
“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,” Dolly said. “Hopefully it’ll encourage people. I’m not going to jump the line just because I could.”
During another recent interview, Dolly Parton revealed she turned down receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom two separate times.