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EDMONTON, Alberta (LifeSiteNews) –– Official statistics show only 0.4 percent of Albertans have decided to get the latest revised version of the mRNA-based COVID vaccines, one month after their release to the public.

According to the Alberta government’s “Respiratory virus dashboard,” when it comes to the latest COVID-19 booster shot, only 18,777 people have taken the jab out of a population of 4,519,217. 

The age group with the highest COVID jab rate is the 90-year plus category at 9 percent. The 85 to 89 age rate has a 4.9 percent jab rate, with the next highest being the 80 to 84 category at 2.4 percent.  

Only 87 kids aged 12 to 14 have gotten the jab. In the 6 to 11-month-old category, only 0.7 percent have received the shot. 

Data shows that most of the shots have been administered in pharmacies, while the rest have been given at hospitals and care homes.  

Last month, Health Canada approved a revised Moderna mRNA-based COVID shot, despite research showing that 1 in 35 recipients of the booster ended up with myocardial damage. 

There is mounting evidence that all of the mRNA-based COVID injections carry extreme risks, including in children. 

A recent study done by researchers at the Canada-based Correlation Research in the Public Interest found that 17 countries have a “definite causal link” between peaks in all-cause mortality and the fast rollouts of the COVID shots and boosters. 

Adverse effects from the first round of COVID shots have resulted in a growing number of Canadians filing for financial compensation over injuries from the jabs via the federal government’s Vaccine Injury Program (VISP). 

Thus far, VISP has already paid over $6 million to those injured by COVID injections, with some 2,000 claims remaining to be settled. 

Despite the health risks associated with the COVID shots, governments across Canada all enacted strict rules, including workplace jab mandates in the public sector.  

As a result, many Canadians who chose not to get the shots lost their jobs. However, a lot of them are fighting back, as just last week LifeSiteNews reported that over 700 vaccine-free Canadians negatively affected by federal COVID jab dictates have banded together to file a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit against the federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  

Premier Danielle Smith has rolled back COVID vaccine campaigns 

Legacy media have taken issue with Alberta Health Minister Adriana LaGrange, and last month pressed her repeatedly as to when the government would start a campaign to promote the latest jabs to Albertans, as was done in the past under former Premier Jason Kenney. 

Instead of promoting the shots, Alberta Health has opted to simply announce that the shots are available to those who want them.  

When asked by a reporter if she would take the new jab last month, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith took issue with the question, telling a legacy media reporter she has a great “immune system” but that it’s a matter to discuss only with her doctor and not the press. 

“Look, I’m a healthy person, I tend to take care of my immune system,” Smith said.

“And I believe this is something I should talk about with my doctor, not media.” 

LaGrange was also asked if she was planning to “get the shot” by legacy media.  

In reply, she said, “Depends what shot you’re talking about,” to which the reporter said, “COVID.” 

LaGrange then said she is “very healthy as well. I have a very healthy immune system.” 

Smith just last week promised that a province-wide mask mandate will not be returning to Alberta after the province’s health system re-introduced mandatory masking in some facilities.  

She has been critical of how the previous leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, which she now leads, enacted strict COVID rules.  

On her first day as premier last October, she made headlines after apologizing to those who were discriminated against for not getting the COVID shots. 

“I can apologize right now. I am deeply sorry for anyone who was inappropriately subjected to discrimination as a result of their vaccine status,” Smith said. 

She also noted that the vaccine-free were “the most discriminated against group that I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime.” 

Late last year, Smith fired the entire board of directors for the province’s health board, Alberta Health Services, all of whom oversaw the imposition of strict COVID mandates in the province. 

Under Kenney’s leadership, the province enacted COVID vaccine passports and allowed many municipalities and businesses to fire those who chose not to get the shots. 

A recent Alberta court ruling concerning COVID mandates in Alberta saw a judge rule that politicians violated the province’s health act by making decisions regarding COVID mandates without authorization. 

As a result, many who were charged for violating COVID health mandates have had their charges dropped. 

As previously reported by LifeSiteNews, while strong on freedom issues, Smith herself has a track record of being pro-gay “marriage” and mostly pro-abortion, although she does support adoption over abortion.