Offspring Drummer Pete Parada Dropped From Band For Vaccine Refusal
Offspring drummer Pete Parada has been dropped from the band following his refusal to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.
Parada announced the “unfortunate” news on his Instagram account. The 48-year-old mentioned that he had contracted Covid a year prior and that his symptoms were “mild”. He believes the medical risks of the vaccine on his health outweigh any benefits.
“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.” Wrote Parada. “I mention this because you won’t be seeing me at these upcoming shows.”
“I have no negative feelings toward my band. They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same. Wishing the entire Offspring family all the best as they get back at it!”
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The drummer said that his decision followed advice from his doctor and that he had suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
“I need to state, unequivocally, that I support informed consent – which necessitates choice unburdened by coercion.” He added. “I do not find it ethical or wise to allow those with the most power (government, corporations, organisations, employers) to dictate medical procedures to those with the least power.”
Parada has been a member of Offspring since 2007.
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