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The rock band Offspring have dumped their own “unsafe” drummer because he is medically unable to take the coronavirus vaccine.
The band’s drummer, Pete Parada, said that he is unable to take the coronavirus vaccine because of his medical history.
“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,” Parada claimed in a social media post. “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.”
But because of his medical problems, the band is dumping him.
“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,” Parada continued. “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.”
This month has seen several venues beginning to require both the acts and the fans to be vaccinated or they won’t be allowed to enter the hall.
With all this, Parada’s band has dumped him. But he has no hard feelings.
“I have no negative feelings towards my band. They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same,” Parada said. “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.”
But he also didn’t think that the vaccines are all as safe as the government keeps saying.
Prada said that it isn’t “ethical or wise” for governments and corporations to coerce those with the “least power” to take dangerous vaccines.
“If it looks like half the population is having a shockingly different reaction to these jabs than was expected – it’s probably because their life experiences have actually been shockingly different, and their reasons range from a conscientious risk/benefit analysis, to the financial inability to take time off work/lack of health care in the event of potential side-effects, to an understandable distrust in a system that has never prioritized the health or well-being of their communities,” he continued, asking his followers to have an open mind.
“All voices deserve to be heard,” he concluded. “I deeply appreciate your understanding and support as my family and I find a new way forward. Sending love to everyone who has been impacted by this pandemic, in all the ways lives have been lost and altered.”
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