Dr. Anthony Fauci today watched with amusement as country music legend Dolly Parton shared a new version of her song "Jolene" to inspire those who are eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccine.
"You gotta love Dolly Parton," said the nation's top infectious disease expert, chuckling as he watched the country western star perform the song before receiving her first dose of the Moderna vaccine.
"She's giving a good message about people getting vaccinated," said Fauci. "That's just terrific, that's what we need."
"We need people who are respected and admired, entertainers, celebrities, people who get out there, that the community relates to them to get the message to get vaccinated," he continued. "It's really very important."
Parton noted before receiving the vaccine she had waited her turn in line.
"I am old enough to get it and I am smart enough to get it and I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion," she said, before breaking into song:
"Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine I'm begging you please don't hesitate.
Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine because once you're dead that's a bit too late."