About Ross Silverman

Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Centers on Health Policy and Bioethics. His research focuses on public health and medical law, policy, and ethics, and law's impact on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. He also serves as Associate Editor on Legal Epidemiology for Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. His most recent Covid-19 publications include: "Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2" in the New England Journal of Medicine (with MM Mello & SB Omer), and "Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive" in BMJ (with ZD Berger, NG Evans & AL Phelan)

Monthly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – September 13, 2021

Biden Administration Vaccine Mandate Plan Nearly 10 months after the rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccines, the United States remains mired in a nearly uncontrolled pandemic. Nationwide, infection rates are ten times higher than what are needed to contain theRead More
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Monthly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – August 9, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates NOTE: Because this is now a once-a-month post, I’m including lots of links to other pieces of interest in the text. I strongly encourage you to explore the issues raised in these articles. The largely unchecked spreadRead More
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Monthly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – July 12, 2021

Responding to the Rise of the Delta Variant Earlier this Spring, President Biden set a goal to try to get 70% of all American adults at least one vaccine dose against COVID-19 by July 4. Within the overall U.S. populationRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – June 28, 2021

Aside from the CDC extending its eviction moratorium through July, this has been a light week for COVID-19 law and ethics news. Below is a rundown of other recent stories of interest: Combating Anti-Asian Sentiment – A Practical Guide forRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – June 21, 2021

Obamacare Upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court On Wednesday, the Supreme Court, in its  7-2 decision in the Texas v. California case, refused to find that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, determining that the plaintiffs (which included the stateRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – June 14, 2021

Hospital COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Upheld by Federal Court Earlier this week, Houston (Texas) Methodist Hospital suspended without pay 178 healthcare workers for refusing COVID-19 vaccinations in violation of the hospital’s new mandate that all of their nearly 25,000 employees beRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – June 7, 2021

Vaccine Requirements for Employers The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidance on pandemic-related policies for employers. While any policy will need to be checked against both state laws (for example, if that state has prohibited employer vaccine passports)Read More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – May 24, 2021

Legal Epidemiology and Pandemic Control Law is a structural determinant of health. Variations in how states and local jurisdictions have written, interpreted, and enforced laws can affect the health of the associated communities. The implementation of thousands of new lawsRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – May 17, 2021

Adolescent Vaccination Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for use by those those 12 and up. This has raised several legal and ethical questions related to adolescent vaccine policies. [To find aRead More
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Weekly Review: COVID-19 Legal and Ethics Issues – May 10, 2021

Can an Indiana employer require Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment? As a general rule: Yes, a private employer can require an employee to get a vaccination, but most employers shouldn’t need to do this to ensure a safeRead More
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