'The Offspring' drummer Pete Parada dropped from band for not getting vaccinated
- Pete Parada has said that he has decided to leave the rock band
- This is after he was allegedly dropped from their forthcoming tour for refusing to get COVID vaccine
- Parada, who is in his late 40s, joined the Offspring in 2007
Pete Parada, the drummer with 'The Offspring', has said that he has decided to leave the rock band after he was allegedly dropped from their forthcoming tour for refusing to get the COVID vaccine for medical reasons, BBC reported.
In an Instagram post, Prada said, “Given my personal medical history and the side-effect profile of these jabs, my doctor has advised me not to get a shot at this time."
"Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate—it has been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour. I mention this because you won’t be seeing me at these upcoming shows," he added in the post.
The musician said he first experienced Guillain-Barré syndrome in childhood and the effects had got "progressively worse over my lifetime." He also said he tested positive for COVID last year.
Parada explained, “I caught the virus over a year ago, it was mild for me—so I am confident I’d be able to handle it again, but I’m not certain I’d survive another post-vaccination round of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which dates back to my childhood and has evolved to be progressively worse over my lifetime.”
Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a neurological condition in which the body’s immune system can mistakenly attack some of its nerves. It is has been listed as a very rare side-effect of the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine.
Pete Parada, who is in his late 40s, joined the Offspring in 2007. In the Instagram post, he wrote, “I have no negative feelings towards my band. They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same.”
Meanwhile, the band's upcoming US tour is due to start on August 8.