Whitehorse ran out of flu vaccine Friday, forcing both flu shot clinics in the city to close.

Health officials say the city ran out sooner than anticipated.

This week, hundreds of people lined up at the city's two community health centres, all looking to get the flu shot.

 Early Friday morning, the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre ran out and had to start turning patients away.

Many of those people headed to a special all-day clinic scheduled for the Whitehorse Health Centre but by late afternoon, the Centre ran out of injections as well. 

So far this year, health officials in Whitehorse have gone through 10,000 vaccination shots, compared to about 8,000 last year.  


Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health, says there's no word yet on when the territory will receive more vaccine.

He says anyone who received the flu shot since 2009, or who has had H1N1 before, will be at least partially protected.

Hanley says he will not restrict who can have access to a flu shot when more vaccine arrives. 

On Friday, the N.W.T. and Saskatchewan began restricting access to flu shots to high-risk individuals as their supplies of vaccine ran low.