Drummer of The Offspring removed from tour after refusing coronavirus vaccine

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The Offspring’s drummer Pete Parada has been removed from the group’s upcoming tour after not getting a coronavirus vaccine.

The 48-year-old musician posted a lengthy statement on Twitter to explain his absence from the pop-punk band’s upcoming tour, saying he was advised against being vaccinated by his doctor.

Parada revealed he has suffered Guillain-Barré syndrome, which affects the nerves and can cause numbness, pain and muscle weakness.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 29: Pete Parada of The Offspring performs live on stage at Espaco das Americas on October 29, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.(Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)
Pete Parada performing with The Offspring. (Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)

While the condition is treatable, it can often reoccur, and Parada said he was forced to make a choice over whether or not the vaccine could aggravate the condition.

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In the 17-tweet message, Parada said: “I caught [coronavirus] 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.

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) -- Episode 4301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Greg K., Dexter Holland, Pete Parada, Noodles of musical guest The Offspring perform on August 17, 2012 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
The Offspring perform on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 2012. (Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

“Unfortunately for me, (and my family – who is hoping to keep me around a bit longer) the risks far outweigh the 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. I mention this because you won’t be seeing me at these upcoming shows.”

Parada said he decided to speak out so “anyone else experiencing the agony and isolation of getting left behind right now – knows they’re not entirely alone”.

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He added that he “still has love” for his bandmates, and that while he is upset that he’s not going to be able to perform with the group, “They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same.”

However, he said that while his decision was based on his medical history, people should be free to choose whether to get the vaccine “without coercion”.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 07:  Pete Parada from The Offspring attends the Kerrang! Awards at The Brewery on June 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Pete Parada from The Offspring at the Kerrang! Awards in 2012. (Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

“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,” he wrote.

“I hope we can learn to make room for all the perspectives and fears that are happening currently. Let’s avoid the unfortunate tendency to dominate, dehumanise and shout down at each other.

“The hesitant population is not a monolithic group. All voices deserve to be heard.”

Yahoo has contacted The Offspring’s representatives for comment.

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