Dolly Parton has reworked her classic Jolene smash in a bid to encourage fans into getting the coronavirus vaccine.

The country music legend was filmed at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, US, on Tuesday receiving her first dose of the Moderna jab - which Dolly helped fund with $1m of her own cash.

And the 75-year-old had a message for anti-vaxxers, who she described as “cowards” - adding that the vaccine is key to getting life back to normal.

She even rewrote one her most famed songs to get that message home to people across the globe.

Dolly Parton has received her Covid-19 vaccine
Dolly Parton has received her Covid-19 vaccine

“I’m very happy that I’m going to get my Moderna shot today and I wanted to tell everybody that you should get out there and get it too - I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion”, she said.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead then that’s a bit too late.”

She then added: “I know I’m trying to be funny now, but I’m dead serious about the vaccine.

“I think we all want to get back to normal, whatever that is, and that would be a great shot in the arm, wouldn’t it?

“I want to encourage everybody because the sooner we get to feeling better, the sooner we are going to get back to being normal.

“I just want to say to some of you cowards out there, don’t be such a chicken squat - go out there and get your shot.”

After receiving the jab, Dolly went on to say that the vaccine “didn’t hurt”.

Dolly Parton donated $1m to research into the Moderna jab

In April, it was revealed that the singing icon donated $1m (around £800,000) to the US pharmaceutical firm Moderna for research into its coronavirus vaccine.

Writing on Instagram at the time, Dolly said: “My longtime friend Dr Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards that research of the coronavirus for a cure.

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

The jab is one of three vaccines to have been given the green light for use across Scotland.