People over 80, along with the NHS and social workers, are in band two, followed by those aged 75 and over in the third tier.
But the list could be turned upside down by the logistics of storing the first vaccine put into service, it has already appeared.
Since the Pfizer / BioNtech jab – the only one so far evaluated by watchdogs – needs to be stored at -70C, it may be given to NHS workers as plans to move it around care homes are rejected.
The news comes as it emerged that doctors at more than 1,000 GP sites being set up to administer the program have learned that the first doses could be available in just 10 days if the Medicines and Medicines Regulatory Agency health care approves it.
The remainder of the PHE priority list indicates that the fourth band will include all over 70s, as well as all adults classified as clinically extremely vulnerable; the fifth will be for those over 65; and the sixth for all adults in risk groups.
Seventh will be all those aged 60 and over; eighth for those 55 and over; and the ninth will be anyone over the age of 50.
After that, it will be available to the entire population.
The list remains provisional, but the government’s joint committee on vaccination and immunization is due to release an updated version next week, which is expected to remain largely unchanged.
The UK has ordered more than 350 million doses of vaccine, including 40 million from Pfizer / BioNtech. We hope that five million will be delivered by Christmas.