The Offspring drummer was kicked out of the popular rock group after failing to get a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons.
Pete Parada broke the news in a lengthy Instagram post Monday, where he made it clear that he had no resentment towards his band mates, but said the risks of getting the shot for him “exceeded by far the benefits ”.
“As I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate – it was recently decided that I am not safe, in the studio and on tour,” the drummer wrote. .
It was not clear from his statement whether Parada’s departure is permanent, but he noted that he will not perform in the group’s upcoming concerts.Parada said throughout his childhood that he suffered from multiple rounds of Guillain-Barré syndrome and wanted to risk starting another bout with the vaccine.
While remaining cordial with the group, Parada denounced the vaccination warrants.
“I don’t find it ethical or wise to allow those with the most power (government, businesses, organizations, employers) to dictate medical procedures to those with the least power,” he wrote.
“There are countless people (like me) for whom these shots pose a greater risk than the virus,” he said.