TEACHERS, bus drivers and members of the Armed Forces could be next in line for the Covid jab after the nation's most vulnerable have been vaccinated.

Scientists advising the Government yesterday published their prioritisation list for the new Pfizer-BionTech vaccine – with people over 80, NHS workers and care home staff at the front of the queue.

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Millions of Brits are expected to receive the Pfizer jab in time for Christmas after it was approved by regulators yesterday.

The first phase of the vaccination program will see everyone over the age of 50, along with NHS and care staff and those with underlying health conditions inoculated – the groups that have made up 99 per cent of Covid deaths so far.

Care home workers are at the top of the list, followed by the over-80s, NHS and care staff, and other elderly people.

And when that programme is well under way – which could be as soon as January – under-50s will be the next in line to get the jab.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which drew up the recommendations, has also advised the Government to prioritise people by their jobs in the next phase.

It said those most exposed to the bug at work should be given the jab after the vulnerable groups, outlining: "This could include first responders, the military, those involved in the justice system, teachers, transport workers and public servants essential to the pandemic response."

According to the report, care home residents had been "disproportionately affected" by Covid-19 and "should be the highest priority for vaccination".

And there were fears that elderly care home residents may miss out on the first batch despite being the most at risk.

Health chiefs admit restrictions around the vaccine have created a “logistical nightmare”.

It must be transported at -70C, moved only four times and given from a tray of 975 vials that cannot be split.

The typical care home has just a few dozen residents, meaning hundreds of vials costing around £15 each would be wasted.

But there are high hopes the Oxford jab, which is easier to transport, will be approved within weeks, and care homes will get it first.

The JCVI committee defended the decision not to prioritise the Pfizer-BionTech vaccine for ethnic minorities, but said its list included conditions such as asthma and diabetes, which disproportionately affect ethnic minorities.

It means the most vulnerable members in these communities would be protected.

The JCVI advice also said only very specific high-risk children should be offered the vaccine, as it is authorised only for over-16s.

It comes as Boris Johnson hailed the “fantastic” vaccine approval yesterday, but warned it was not “game over” as he urged people to stick to anti-virus rules.

Mr Johnson told a No10 press conference: “We have been waiting and hoping for the day when the searchlights of science would pick out our invisible enemy, and give us the power to stop that enemy from making us ill. And now the scientists have done it.

“And they have used the virus to perform a kind of biological jiu-jitsu, to turn the virus on itself in the form of a vaccine.”

Britain became the first country in the world to get one thanks to Brexit — after breaking with Brussels to rubber-stamp it in record time.

And Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam even admitted he got “emotional” when told the MHRA UK regulator approved the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

He said: “What a momentous journey and international effort it has been. Discovery by two scientists who originally lived in Turkey, development by a German biotech company with the involvement of a massive US pharmaceutical giant and the involvement in our own UK MHRA to bring home the goods.”

Lorries carrying the first doses from Belgium are on their way, with 800,000 vials arriving in the “coming days”.

Britain has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine, which works 95 per cent of the time.

People need two jabs to be fully protected, and millions will be inoculated in the next few weeks, with most of the rollout early next year.

The military will turbocharge delivery as part of the biggest domestic deployment of troops in UK history.

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