Covid-19: Dolly Parton marks vaccination with Jolene rewrite Covid-19: Dolly Parton marks vaccination with Jolene rewrite Covid-19: Dolly Parton marks vaccination
Country star Dolly Parton has been given a Covid-19 vaccine dose, after urging others to follow her example by reimagining one of her hit songs.
Parton, 75, sang an adapted version of Jolene before receiving the shot at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday.
"Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I'm begging of you, please don't hesitate," Parton sang in a video.
She was injected with a vaccine developed by Moderna.
Parton was credited with helping fund the Moderna vaccine after donating $1m (£716,000) to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre.
A portion of the singer's money went towards funding an early stage-trial of the Moderna vaccine. In trials, the Moderna vaccine was found to offer nearly 95% protection against severe Covid-19.
The Grammy-winning musician said she had been "waiting a while" for her vaccination.
"I'm old enough to get it and I'm smart enough to get it," the singer told fans in a video posted from the university.
Last month Parton told the Associated Press she wanted to wait until vaccines were more widely available because "I don't want it to look like I'm jumping the line".
Now vaccine supply has increased - in the US at least - Parton said she "wanted to encourage everybody" to get theirs.
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"I just want to say to all of you cowards out there - don't be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot," she said.
The 9 to 5 singer is the latest star to promote coronavirus vaccinations.
Other celebrities who have had a Covid-19 vaccine include:
- Sir David Attenborough
The naturalist and broadcaster, 94, received the Covid-19 jab in January, months after speaking of the "immense suffering" caused by the pandemic.
- Jane Fonda
The Academy Award-winning actress, 83, shared the news of her jab in an Instagram post in February, posting: "It doesn't hurt".
An American father and son have been handed over to Japanese authorities for allegedly helping former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee the country.
The two were charged last year with helping Mr Ghosn flee Japan, hidden in a box and on a private jet.
Mr Ghosn escaped to his childhood home, Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan.
Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor have fought a months-long battle to avoid extradition over the case.
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The US Supreme Court last month cleared the way for the extradition of the Taylors, who have been in US custody since their arrest in May.
The Massachusetts men have been locked up at a suburban Boston jail since their arrest in May.
They were handed over to Japanese officials early on Monday, according to their lawyers.
Prosecutors said the pair received $1.3m (£936,000) to help Mr Ghosn escape Japan on 29 December, 2019.
Michael Taylor is a 60-year-old private security specialist and US Army Special Forces veteran. He once ran American International Security Corporation, a private military contractor that focused on helping people escape difficult situations overseas.
According to a profile in Vanity Fair, he has completed nearly two dozen escape operations, charging clients anywhere from $20,000 to $2m per job.
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