The Offspring drummer says the band withdrew him from the tour for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
Pete Parada, drummer for pop-punk band The Offspring, says the band abandoned him for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It remains unclear whether the roster change will be permanent.
Pete, who joined the band in 2007, shared the news on Instagram on Aug. 3, noting that he has a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves.
Last month, the FDA said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was associated with “a small increased risk” of developing GBS; there is no data to suggest a link between GBS and Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, which use a different technology, according to The New York Times.
“As I can’t comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate – it has recently been decided that I am not safe to be around, in the studio and on tour. in a long Instagram post. He said he had spoken with his doctor, who advised him not to “a shot at this time”, and revealed that he had already contracted the virus and felt “confident I’d be able to handle it again”.
He said he worries what a “post-vaccination round” of GBS might do to his health. He added that he “no negative feelings toward” the Sons and understands that they are doing what they must to stay safe, but said he will not support “those with the most power … [ie] governments, corporations and employers” to dictate medical procedures “to those with the least power.” to dictate medical procedures to “those with less power.”