Lung patient bear:
"What choice did I have?"
Christian A. Werner / DER SPIEGEL
One day before New Year's Eve, Holger Bär had hope for the first time in months.
He dialed 116 117. Appointments for the corona vaccination are given on the number.
Bear is 53 years old.
Since childhood he has suffered from Williams-Campbell syndrome, a congenital malformation of the lungs.
He has been unable to work since he was 19 and has only 20 percent of the usual lung volume.
An oxygen device helps him breathe.
If he were to contract Corona and become seriously ill, his chances of survival would be minimal.
He told all of this to the hotline employee he spoke to on the phone that day.
He wanted to try to get a protection against Corona.
“What choice did I have?” He asks.
The employee found a free appointment at the Wolfen vaccination center, Saxony-Anhalt, a few kilometers from Bär's apartment.
January 11, 10:20 a.m.
Shortly afterwards, Bär received a confirmation by email.
On January 11th, Bär was brought to the vaccination center by his brother-in-law. It is located in a former film factory.
Bear got out of the car, sat in his wheelchair, plugged in his oxygen device, and drove inside.
Inside he presented his identity card.
After a few minutes a medical officer came.
He said Bear is not part of the top priority group.
He couldn't vaccinate Bear.
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