The corona vaccination has saved many people from death or serious illnesses.
However, there are also serious vaccine damages.
Josef Deischl from Pastetten experienced what it's like.
Here he tells the story of his suffering.
Erding - On some days, says Josef Deischl, he can hardly get out of bed.
It's just that he drags himself to the toilet or gets something to drink.
An almost permanent feeling of dizziness, the fear of collapsing, muscle weakness and a feeling of being ill like having the flu quickly force the Pastettener back into the horizontal position.
In addition, there is tachycardia and difficulty concentrating, which prevent the 30-year-old from taking part in normal life.
Deischl suffers from the consequences of the corona vaccination.
If, on a better day, he ventures out into the fresh air around his Munich apartment or drinks a coffee with friends, he is at risk of a worsening of the symptoms for several weeks.
The 30-year-old now knows the name of his illness: post-vaccination syndrome, vaccination means vaccination.
It is a series of severe symptoms that Deischl has not let go of since his corona vaccination.
In addition, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) were diagnosed.
But it was a long way to the point where his complaints were given a name and he was finally heard by the medical community.
Today, a whole mountain of paper evidence shows that his situation should be taken seriously.
Until spring 2021, the native of Patettener, son of Mayor Peter Deischl, was an active, sporty young man who liked to do what people his age do.
“I live in the middle of Munich, I was outside a lot, on the road practically every day.
I also enjoyed going on vacation,” says Josef.
He hasn't finished his studies for long.
After a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in environmental planning, Deischl took up a job with the government of Upper Bavaria.
In April 2021, Josef Deischl received his first corona vaccination from Astra Zeneca.
"I tolerated it well, there were only a few known side effects, I had a bit of a fever and a little chills, but nothing else serious," he recalls.
For him, the vaccine is “a normal drug that can also have side effects”.
He received the prick for the second vaccination, this time with Comirnaty from Biontech, in July 2021. “Two days later it started with a racing heart and a blatant feeling of dizziness.
I passed out on the way to work,” says the 30-year-old.
At that time he had sought help from various doctors.
Hardly anyone took him seriously at the time.
"The doctor said: 'You've googled too much' when I asked whether my symptoms could be due to myocarditis, which was already being discussed at the time as a side effect of the vaccination." into the field, his mother Christine took him to the emergency room of a large Munich clinic.
"There, a doctor checked me out for the first time and expressed a suspicion of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which could definitely be related to the vaccination.
She also recorded that in her report.”
The heart problems, the dizziness and the feeling "like fog in the head" lasted for three or four months, but were alleviated so well with medication and therapy that the young man was able to work from home again from October.
On January 2, 2022, he was boosted on the recommendation of the doctors.
"Within a week, all the symptoms were back, stronger than before," says Deischl.
There is hardly any work to be thought of, dizziness and weakness keep forcing him to go to bed.
He gets support in Munich from friends who accompany him to the doctor.
When he is really bad, his parents take him home to Patetten and take care of him.
The fact that he gets medical support is a stroke of luck that many people who have been damaged by vaccination do not have.
Because there are far too few doctors who deal with the post-vac syndrome.
Those few are overrun by patients in the same situation.
The chief physician of a clinic in the Upper Palatinate certified Josef Deischl that autoantibodies had been detected in his blood, which could lead to irreversible organ damage.
The only treatment option for this is so-called immune adsorption, which is a blood wash that removes these antibodies and can thus noticeably improve the quality of life.
The problem: Since there are no studies on this, the health insurance company does not cover the costs either.
Josef Deischl wants to leave no stone unturned.
He paid for the first such therapy himself.
He has already spent more than 11,000 euros on this and on special medication.
In February he is registered at the Hanover dialysis center for another blood wash.
He is driven by his great hope of being able to lead a reasonably normal life again afterwards.
“I don't necessarily need to be able to climb a mountain.
But going back to eating normally with friends would be a great success."
After a long struggle, he has decided to go public with his fate.
"As a vaccine victim, you are still stigmatized, that's a hot topic." But he's not alone.
Deischl is in a Munich self-help group with 30 people affected, and the number of participants is growing steadily.
In a corresponding grouping on the Internet, there are 160 people.
But the Post-Vac consultation at the University Hospital in Marburg shows that there is much more.
Around 6,000 sick people are said to be on the waiting list for an appointment.
Together with other sufferers, Deischl works in action groups and with a media presence to ensure that scientific studies on the post-vac syndrome are promoted and research results are made publicly accessible.
Because it's not just about the health insurance companies covering the costs for therapies, but also about recognizing the vaccine damage as such.
This is the only way those affected can receive compensation under the Victim Compensation Act.
And this is urgently needed, because most of the sick people are unable to work and fall under social security after the expiry of the sick pay.
To ensure that the topic also reaches the Bundestag, people with Long-Covid, ME/CFS and Post Vac set up 400 camp beds in front of the Berlin Reichstag on January 19th as part of the "Not recovered" initiative and thus attracted attention.
Josef's parents Peter and Christine took the opportunity at the Green Week in Berlin to present Andreas Lenz (CSU), member of the Bundestag from the Erding-Ebersberg constituency, with a book about the post-vac syndrome in order to continue to sensitize politicians to the topic (we reported).
Despite the serious illness, Josef Deischl is still not a strict opponent of vaccination.
"However, I would advise everyone to consider carefully whether they belong to the risk group and whether they can be vaccinated." hd