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)

When Can We Declare the Pandemic Over? Back in January, the Biden Administration released the first parts of its plan to “beat” Covid-19. What, exactly does “beat” mean? While this sounds like the beginning of a graduate seminar discussion, as Read More
With every person in the U.S. aged 16 and older now eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19, there is increased focus on steps being taken to encourage or require vaccination. Below are a few updates on employer policies and University Read More
Ethics and Law of Requiring Proof of Immunity to Access Public Places Notre Dame, Rutgers, Duke, and Brown are among the higher education institutions that will require students demonstrate they have been immunized against Covid-19. Meanwhile, while New York has Read More
Spring Break & COVID-19 Indianapolis was the city with the highest hotel occupancy rate in the nation this past week, thanks to hosting the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. However, it is not the only place seeing an increase in travel, Read More
Vaccination of Health Care Workers & Vaccine Mandates A new Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey found more than 4 in 10 health care workers nationwide remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus. 1 in 8 health care workers Read More
Expanding Vaccine Administration Work Force Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services expanded the range of health professionals eligible for liability protection while prescribing, dispensing and administering Covid-19 countermeasures, including vaccines. According to Bloomberg, this liability shied expansion Read More
Vaccination, Quarantine & Travel The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its Interim Clinical Considerations to address what those who have been fully vaccinated should do in cases when they have been exposed to the virus. According to Read More
This week’s review will be more roundup than blog post, pointing you to new studies, analysis, and essays from the past week: Vaccines Third Vaccine Approved – FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for Johnson & Johnson vaccine – All of Read More
Vaccination Allocation & Equity This will be another big week for vaccine policy, law, and ethics. Johnson and Johnson’s Emergency Use Authorization application for its one-dose vaccine will be reviewed this week by the Food and Drug Administration (they also Read More
Vaccine Rollout – New Vaccine, Outreach Efforts Addressing Equity Johnson & Johnson submitted an Emergency Use Authorization application for its one-dose COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. The application, which will be reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration at its February Read More

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