Health policy

You got the COVID-19 vaccine? I have vaccine envy

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Got vaccine envy? Not only has the pandemic upended our lives, differing state priorities and restrictions on eligibility for highly effective COVID-19 vaccines are fueling feelings of jealousy and unfairness that encourage questionable actions and ethics.

Why won’t some health care workers get vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccination rates among health care workers in nursing homes and long-term care facilities have been lower than expected. Is this an information problem or does it stem from other issues –– and what can be done?

Driving equity in health care: Lessons from COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has forced health care organizations to confront the inequities in their systems, particularly those affecting immigrants and communities of color. But once the disparities are acknowledged, what practical steps can be taken to address them?

The cost of chronic pain

Laura Kiesel


Even with comprehensive insurance, people with chronic conditions must shoulder the costs of many treatment-related expenses that are not covered because they are considered complementary or alternative therapies.

Why vaccines are important for our country’s financial health, too

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Vaccinating babies and toddlers prevents many illnesses, but it also helps the avoid high costs associated with treating those illnesses, helps reduce sick time taken by parents, and contributes to greater immunity in a population.

Where do the candidates stand on the health and well-being of children?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Take the time to become informed on the each candidate’s policies and plans to support and protect children. The American Academy of Pediatrics asked the presidential candidates to answer four questions on children’s health and well-being. The answers should be important to all voters.