I am interested in statistical procedures and study designs used to determine the absence/acceptability of long-term side effects of the anti-covid vaccines. Given that these vaccines were created and approved within a short period of time (less than a year), it seems that the studies using conventional survival analysis are of little value (i.e., we cannot make predictions for decades ahead). I assume that one relies on the similarity with other, well-tested vaccines.
What are the statistical procedures for evaluating long-term side effects in such cases?
- I have posted earlier a similar question in the biology community, which evolved through the discussions with the members of that community. I do not repost it in its entirety, as it may bias the answers in a wrong direction.
- I come from a quantitative field and have some experience in biostatistics, so I am looking for a serious answer or references to the relevant literature.