Dolly Parton made a subtle fashion statement to get her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine she helped fund

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Dolly Parton thanked staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for administering her vaccine. Dolly Parton
  • Dolly Parton on Friday received her second dose of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.

  • The music star donated $1 million in 2020 to research that led to the development of Moderna's shot.

  • Parton wore a sweater with a shoulder cutout in one sleeve, underscoring "vaccine-friendly" fashion.

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Dolly Parton said on Friday that she got a "(second) dose of her own medicine" - meaning the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

In April 2020, the music legend and philanthropist donated $1 million to a Vanderbilt University research fund that led to the Moderna vaccine production, which was developed in conjunction with the US National Institutes of Health.

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The Tennessee-born star thanked Vanderbilt physician Dr. Naji Abumrad and staff members Andrea Calhoun and Heather O'Dell for administering her second COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the Nashville Tennessean, Parton's first vaccine in March was also administered by Abumrad.

The singer met Abumrad in 2013 after a car wreck, and they've remained close since then. Their friendship is what inspired Parton to donate to the vaccine research fund that contributed to the Moderna shot, according to the Tennessean.

For her second COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Parton, 75, wore a sparkly tan sweater with a subtle embellishment: a hole cut out in one sleeve to reveal the upper arm where she received the shot.

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Parton's sweater had a hole cut out in one sleeve. Dolly Parton

During her first COVID-19 vaccine appointment on March 2, Parton wore a top with a similar combination of style and substance - except the blue sparkly sweater she wore that day had cutouts in both sleeves, not just the arm in which she was vaccinated.

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Both of the singer's shirts fall into what seems to be an emerging style category of "vaccine-friendly" looks - or shirts that are convenient for vaccines that are administered in the upper arm.

Other stars have seemed to take a note from Parton's vaccine appointment style. Comedian Amy Schumer recently got her COVID-19 vaccine while wearing a glittery dress with a cutout in one sleeve.

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