01/09/2014 01:33 EST | Updated 03/11/2014 05:59 EDT

Flu shots in pharmacies prove popular in Nova Scotia, health officer says

HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia health official says there has been more flu shots administered by pharmacies in the province than were originally planned for this season.

Dr. Frank Atherton, the deputy chief medical officer of health, says the province ordered more vaccinations this year than in any other — about 435,000 doses.

Atherton says 20,000 of those doses were allocated for pharmacies, but that option has proven so popular with patients that pharmacies have given nearly 60,000 shots.

Still, he says there are no vaccine shortages.

Atherton says as a result, the province has been able to send some of its allocated flu vaccine to western Canadian provinces experiencing shortages.