Alberta’s health minister and the province’s chief medical health officer say they don’t think it was a mistake to say that nobody would be turned away if they wanted a swine flu shot.

Because of a shortage of vaccine, clinics in Alberta have been temporarily suspended while officials come up with rules on how to screen people to make sure that only those in high-risk groups are being vaccinated.

Dr. Andre Corriveau says in not refusing anyone, they thought to avoid situations where, for example, a child in a high-risk group may get vaccinated but the mother and siblings who’ve also been waiting in line were turned down.

He also says nobody could have anticipated the public demand for the vaccine.