is there any data on safety of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. My father have epilepsy, high bp, COPD bcos of smoking, diabetes and headaches quite often. Most probably he will be given Pfizer shot(we live in EU).
can any learned member tell if is it safe for him to get vaccinated? he has been staying at home since last year.
Two years back he also had a severe headache after taking seasonal flu vaccine.
Is there any pretest that can determine if person could get severe side effects? We are worried after hearing stories about vaccine causing severe side effects and death in some cases.
How old is your father? Here's a link to the data Pfizer presented to the US FDA. Page 33 onward has the safety data. Note that the cutoff age for the phase 1 (purely safety analysis) is 85 and only 4.3% of the patients in phase 2/3 are above 75 years old.
That's about as good as the data gets, at least until we get more published data coming out of Israel (which essentially has handed over to Pfizer nationwide Phase 4 post-marketing analysis- of incalculable value to a pharmaceutical company).
And while there is concern regarding the vaccine's side effects (especially with respect to the aforementioned allergic reaction susceptibility), the data is very clear... for the vast majority of people, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Your father has at least 3 'high risk' factors for developing severe COVID disease if infected. Back of the hand calculation: might as well take the published mortality data for COVID (by age group) and just double it. CDC Guidance Regarding People with Certain Medical Conditions
Unless one has a history of allergic reactions or other very narrow criteria (couldn't tolerate any
vaccines, etc.), then vaccination is generally recommended solely based on the above risk profile.
Regarding the reported side effects, the problem is one of correlation vs causation. The yellow-journalism media and rapid-fire pace of the pandemic- and treatments for the same- combine for dizzying stats. It's unclear if any of the vaccines have been proven
to cause a single death- short of some potentially concerning cases which 'might' be allergy-related.
Then again, this is like the re-infection bogey-man. Yes, it can happen (and more likely with the mutated variants), but how many reinfections out of total infections worldwide? Similarly, how many severe vaccination reactions (dozens to at most possibly hundreds?) have been reported vs how many people have been vaccinated (approx. 150million to date). No one can give an absolute answer as to risk, but for my father, I'd take those odds any day.