WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The drummer for The Offspring claims he was removed from the band for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
- In an Instagram post, Pete Parada detailed the “unfortunate and difficult news.”
- Parada, who’s been with the band for 12 years, said that his battle with an autoimmune disorder is the reason why he’s not getting vaccinated.
Drummer Pete Parada says he has been kicked out of The Offspring for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Parada detailed the news in an Instagram post on Monday. He told his followers he was being replaced on an upcoming tour and had been told not to return to the studio. He didn’t clarify if his departure is permanent.
“Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate, it has recently been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour,” he wrote. “I mention this because you won’t be seeing me at these upcoming shows. I also want to share my story so that anyone else experiencing the agony and isolation of getting left behind right now knows they’re not entirely alone.”
The rocker explained he was refusing the vaccine for medical reasons. Parada said his doctor advised him to not get a shot given his medical history and the possible side effects of the vaccines.
Parada shared that he had the coronavirus more than a year ago.
“It was mild for me — so I am confident I’d be able to handle it again, but I’m not so 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. Unfortunately for me (and my family — who is hoping to keep me around a bit longer) the risks far outweigh the benefits.”
According to the CDC, those who have previously had GBS may receive a COVID-19 vaccine, emphasizing that adults with underlying medical conditions could be at increased risk for severe illness from the virus.
Parada said he had “no negative feelings” toward his rock band despite their decision.
“They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same,” Parada wrote. “Wishing the entire Offspring family all the best as they get back at it! I’m heartbroken not to be seeing my road community, and I will miss connecting with the fans more than I can express in words.”
Parada has been The Offspring’s drummer for 12 years, according to Variety. He first joined the band in 2009, replacing Atom Williard. The Offspring was founded in 1984.