Could the Federal government say that if you are not vaccinated against Covid then you lose your welfare benefits? Would it be constitutional?

What I am asking is, would a federal law (passed by congress) requiring people on welfare to be vaccinated be constitutional?

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    The gov't can simply mandate vaccines and impose fines etc. law.stackexchange.com/questions/56039/… However no such law exists at federal level law.stackexchange.com/questions/70704/…
    – Fizz
    Sep 8 at 0:47
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    Probably not, as long as the benefits you use are independent of Covid. However, it is possible that not being vaccinated may reduce your changes of effective treatment for Covid itself in extreme cases.: srf.ch/news/schweiz/… The article basically says that if hospitals are full and triaging is necessary, persons without vaccination may have smaller chances of getting sufficient treatment, because their chance of survival is smaller.
    – PMF
    Sep 8 at 8:09
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    @PMF if the benefits typically require a recipient make a strong effort to seek employment, and not being vaccinated makes that significantly harder, that theoretically might be a basis for benefit denial.
    – WBT
    Sep 8 at 20:15
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    @WBT That is true, but I'm not sure it applies to the US. Some states have even introduced laws that prohibit that one is asked for his vaccination status, so I hear.
    – PMF
    Sep 9 at 5:53

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