The Offspring drummer Pete Parada says he’s out of the group because he won’t get the shot to protect himself against the coronavirus.
Parada, who has been handling the group’s sticks for almost 15 years, wrote on Instagram:
“I caught the virus over a year ago, it was gentle on me – so I’m confident I would be able to handle it again, but I’m not so sure I will survive another round post-vaccination of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which dates back to my childhood and has progressed to gradually worsen over the course of my life.
The group, known for hits such as “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)”, “Come Out and Play” and “Why Don’t You Get A Job”, have not responded publicly. However, guitarist Kevin Wasserman – aka “Noodles” – press the “like” button on a tweet saying the band did the right thing.
In July, the FDA warned that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine could increase the risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a neurological disorder, in some people. The agency also said it had not identified any such risk for any of the other two approved vaccines, mRNA injections from Pfizer and Moderna, MedPage Today reported. To date, no cases of the disorder have been identified in clinical trials for either of those two injections, the CDC said.
Parada said his doctor advised him not to get the shot, but added that while his own reason is medical, he was also against pressuring others to get the shot.
“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.
Parada said he had no negative feelings towards the group and did not indicate whether his departure was temporary or permanent. He also said he was launching his own music project.
The Offspring will perform this weekend in Los Angeles, followed by a tour starting September 1 in Austin.
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