Pete Parada Says The Offspring Fired Him After Refusing To Get The Vaccine Due To His Medical History

Pete Parada made an official statement via his official Instagram account and explained why he has been fired from The Offspring.

For over ten years, Pete had been playing drums for The Offspring. Unfortunately, he got fired from the band this month and revealed that this decision has been made justly after he refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

In the statement, Pete revealed that he has been battling Guillain–Barré syndrome since his childhood, and his doctor suggested that he does not take the Covid-19 shot due to this disease. As Pete wrote, he got the virus last year easily and said that he would probably survive it once again if he caught ever caught it. However, he mentioned that he couldn’t stand another post-vaccination round of Guillain–Barré syndrome.

Therefore, he decided not to get the ‘industry mandate’ vaccine, but this decision got him classified as an unsafe person ‘to be around, in the studio, and on tour.’ Thus, the Offspring decided they should part ways with Pete. Parada said that he understands why the band made this call and also pointed out that there are no hard feelings between them while wishing them all the best.

Here is the official announcement from Pete Parada:

“I’ve got some unfortunate and difficult news to share. I know many of my close friends and family would’ve preferred to hear this privately first – and I apologize for the public nature of my disclosure, but I don’t know how to have this conversation multiple times.

Given my personal medical history and the side-effect profile of these jabs, my doctor has advised me not to get a shot at this time.

I caught the virus over 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.”

He continued:

“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. 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. I have no negative feelings towards 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!

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.”

You can check out the statement below.

Photo Credit: Pete Parada – Instagram Page