The Offspring’s Drummer Pete Parada Leaving Band Due to Being Unvaccinated

Parada, who joined the Offspring in 2007, says “it has been decided that [he is] unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour” because he’s been advised by his doctor not to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Pete Parada has said that he will no longer drum with the Offspring because he has not gotten a COVID-19 vaccination. “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 wrote on Twitter on Monday (August 2).

“Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate—it has 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 explained, “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 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.”

Pete Parada joined the Offspring in 2007. On social media, he wrote, “I have no negative feelings towards my band. They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same.”

The Offspring are slated to play a sold-out show in Los Angeles this Sunday. The band has additional concerts scheduled for August, September, October, November, and December, as well as June 2022.

It is currently unclear if Pete Parada will rejoin the Offspring for touring or recording at a date in the future.